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Nebraska's Offense Continues Prep Work for Red-White Spring Game

April 8, 2019
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With less than a week until the annual Red-White Spring Game, Nebrasked practiced inside Memorial Stadium on Monday. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters then met with the media post-practice, where he shared a few details about what fans can expect on Saturday.

"We're going to keep the game plan simple," Walters said. "We're going to let guys run around make plays. We're not going to try to trick the defense. We want guys to go out there and have the opportunity to make plays.

"It's going to be a great atmosphere—90,000, game-like situation—so we want to see which guys, younger guys who haven't played a lot, which one of those guys step up and can handle an environment like it's going to be."

With that said, the quarterbacks will be in non-contact green jerseys on Saturday. Walters said they’ll still run the football like they’ve done all spring, but that “they’re going to be protected.”

Other things the offensive staff will be looking for? Execution. Walters also joked about the expectation for the specific team he is with on Saturday.

“Whichever team I'm on, winning," he said with a laugh.

With that said, Nebraska has one more practice on Wednesday to get ready for the spring game. And as spring ball winds down, the coaches seem to be happy with what’s been accomplished so far.

“We’re heading in the right direction. We just need to be more consistent,” Walters said. “The guys are getting reps, a lot of young guys. They’re kind of getting thrown in the fire, going against a defense that—at least to me—is a seasoned defense, guys that are flying around over there and know what they’re doing, so they’re making our job tough. We need to be a little more consistent and have a little more grip. That’s going to come.

“Overall as a staff, we’re pleased with the progress. We have to go out Wednesday and  have a great practice and guys have to go out Saturday and show what they can do. We’re pleased but there is still work to do.”

Additional news and notes from practice: 

>> A special guest made an appearance at Monday’s post-practice availability. Jacob Held, the son of running backs coach Ryan Held, made his media debut in front of quite a few cameras and reporters. Pretty impressive for being only five months old.

>> Held said redshirt freshman Moses Bryant has moved from defensive back to running back.

>> As for Miles Jones, he’s been working mostly at the Duck-R spot this spring but has also been used at running back when needed.

>> Two names that came up when Walters was asked about the wide receivers? Andre Hunt and Jamie Nance. Walters said Hunt specifically continues to make strides.

“He's probably the most consistent pass catcher that's been out there,” Walters said. “So he's done a great job."

>> Who has been helping push redshirt freshman running back Brody Belt along this spring?

“My friend Adrian [Martinez],” Belt said. “We’re roommates. He’s been a big role model. He’s a great guy. Obviously he’s a quarterback so if I have any questions, I go straight to him. He’s been a big part of my time here so far.”

>> Sean Beckton said redshirt freshman tight end Katerian LeGrone has had probably one of his better springs of anyone in the group. Jack Stoll remains the leader of the group, but LeGrone is making a move.

>> The Huskers have been rotating the offensive line quite a bit this spring, especially since starting jobs are not yet set in stone.

"Nobody's solid,” he said. “Nobody's solid until we play South Alabama Game 1."

>> Quarterback Andrew Bunch originally put his name in the transfer portal before deciding to remain at Nebraska. He credited Coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco for their support during that time.

As for the decision itself, Bunch knew what he wanted to do after having the time to consider his future.

“At the end of the day, I want to play for Nebraska, and I'm excited for this next season,” Bunch said. “All these guys are family to me and these are the guys I want to go to war with."

 
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