Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team practiced for a little over two hours Saturday in the Hawks Championship Center in full pads.
Head Coach Mike Riley spoke to the media after practice about the overall progression of the team.
“We have already seen quite a bit of variety from the defense which is good certainly at this point with any added rushers to this picture. We aren’t ever probably close to what you would say is game ready. The one on one parts are good work and a mixed bag right now I would say as far as success ratio of offense and defense.”
Coach Riley also noted the progress of the offensive line and the improved depth in that position group.
“I would say we are on our way to having more depth on the offensive line of guys that can play in the game. My goal as has always been at least, if you can get 10, but I’ve never been there before in my life so we are pushing that. We have all the makings of being able to protect the quarterback and then the other fact of the matter is that you have to protect the line with your scheme. You really have to be thoughtful about that.”
Riley addressed the media on the situation regarding the breakdown of special teams coaching and the progress of the special teams units.
“I think that to this point right now today, it’s been pretty smooth. I think that having a veteran kicker is a good thing for us in that fashion. We are going to add more and more to what we do on the punt team as we go but the foundation of what we wanted to do has gone in fairly well. I feel okay about it at this time.” Coach Riley mentioned. “Just about everybody on our staff. Everybody has a part and so we divided it. A lead person for that team will be Coach Bray and will be assisted by Coach Elliott and Coach Thompson.”
Riley mentioned what his goal was to get out of two practices next week before the Huskers take some time off for Spring Break.
“I guess the first part of it has more to do with what to do to with the introduction of the basic situation of what we are going to do. First and 10, we are going to get a little 3rd down and a little red zone in. It’s kind of short version of all the instillations, the bigger picture.”
The Huskers will be back in action for spring practice on Tuesday. Nebraska's annual Red-White Spring Game is set for Saturday, April 15 at Memorial Stadium, and tickets are on sale at Huskers.com.