Nebraska neared the halfway point of spring practice on Saturday with a 2 ½-hour workout at Memorial Stadium. Saturday marked the first time the Huskers have practice in the stadium this spring, and Nebraska was greeted with spring-like weather for the workout.
The majority of the practice was utilized for a scrimmage as the Huskers ran between 120 and 130 plays, according to Head Coach Bo Pelini. The performance in the scrimmage is about what you would anticipate at this stage of the spring, according to Pelini.
"It was a good go," Pelini said. "We got everyone in and a good evaluation of where we are and what we have to do over the next two weeks. I am seeing progress in some areas, but also a lot of things our players need to work on and they understand that. It's about where you expect to be at this point in the spring, but I think we have come a long way."
Nebraska is without defensive tackle Jared Crick and defensive end Cameron Meredith for the remainder of the spring ball because of minor injuries. Pelini said while those injuries are unfortunate they have given several other players an opening to push for playing time.
"Thad Randle is up working with the ones and it is giving some guys more opportunities," Pelini said. "We have a number of young guys at the D-line position so it gives us a chance to rep a lot of those guys and give them an opportunity to show what they can do."
Pelini also commented that he has seen a "lot of good things" out of sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez during the first seven spring practices, specifically noting Martinez's leadership of the offense. Pelini also said the entire quarterback group has made strides throughout spring ball.
The Saturday afternoon practice also marked the end of Nebraska's three-day spring coaches' clinic, highlighted by a Friday visit by Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. Nebraska will return to the practice field on Monday for the start of another full week of workouts. The Huskers will also practice Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week.
Tickets for the April 16 Red-White Spring Game remain on sale at Huskers.com, or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIG RED. Tickets for the game are $10.