Running back Braylon Heard and quarterback Taylor Martinez
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Young I-Backs Looking to Improve for Saturday

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours in full pads at the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's game against Fresno State. Running Backs Coach Ron Brown talked about his impression of the young running backs in the first game against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

"I was happy with the way they responded," Brown said. "I didn't see nervousness. I saw some little mistakes here and there, but I also saw some positive things. With each of the three freshman running backs, we were one block away and one mistake away from going 50 or 60 yards on each of those plays. They have electricity and they are talented guys. They are eager and they want to learn."

Brown also mentioned that he expects big things from freshmen running backs Ameer Abdullah, Aaron Green and Braylon Heard from week one to week two.

"I expect them to make big jumps," Brown said. "There were things in practice today that they had to see and it was important for them to see. It isn't just about the game. In the game you see certain things and sometimes you don't see certain things. It's the continuum of things that they see over and over again (that will make the difference)."

Brown added that it's important for the running backs to understand that their number of carries could be limited in each game with the number of players at that position.

"We've got four guys at that position that are pretty good and we've only got one ball," Brown said. "Sometimes with that ball, we throw it, sometimes we run the option and sometimes the quarterback keeps the option. They won't always get their hands on the ball. But there are other aspects of the game they need to learn, too. They have to block, they've got to receive, they've got to run routes. There's all kinds of things they need to do."

The Huskers continue practice on Thursday in preparation for Saturday's kick off at 6 p.m. against Fresno State. The game will be available on Big Ten Network and the Husker Sports Network.


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