Lincoln - The Nebraska football team finished its sixth practice of the spring with a 2-hour workout in full pads Friday afternoon. The Huskers practiced inside Memorial Stadium for the first time this spring in front of more than 800 coaches who are in town for the coaches clinic.
"It was a good practice," Head Coach Bo Pelini said. "It went a little bit shorter, not significantly so, but we cut back on some things, a little bit for the coaches, but also because we have a speaker tonight (former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden)."
Pelini said he was not as concerned about overall development and progress of the team as much as he was about individual progress.
"To me, this part of the year is about individual guys, and some guys are ahead of where we thought they'd be and some guys are about where we thought they'd be and some guys are a little bit behind. But everybody is moving along and I think we're making progress in every area."
The prospects at linebacker are promising, although young, and Pelini thinks there is a lot of potential within the unit.
"I think it's good," he said. "I've seen a lot of good things from all the groups, but there's still much to learn. Obviously (Will) Compton and (Sean) Fisher have more experience, and I think that has showed at times. But the young guys, you talk about (Alonzo) Whaley, (Micah) Kreikemeier, (Eric) Martin, really there's a whole slew of them. They're doing good things, but there's still a lot to fix."
The Huskers wrap up their second week of spring practice tomorrow with an afternoon workout in preparation for the April 17 Red-White Spring Game. Less than 15,000 tickets remain, which can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8BIG-RED.