Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Pelini Impressed with Husker Secondary

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb.-  The Nebraska football team continued its 2013 football fall camp Tuesday night, going through a two-hour practice in full pads inside the Hawks Center and outside at the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice facility.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media after practice, noting that he has been extremely impressed with the secondary, especially cornerbacks Josh Mitchell and seniors Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans.

“The top two corners right now when we get into nickel are Stanley and Josh Mitchell, and obviously Ciante is playing nickel.” Pelini said, “We have really good depth in the secondary, our safeties are playing at a high level.”

Pelini had this to add talking about the secondary, “Stanley up to this point, this is the best week he has ever had in our program. Josh is playing at a high level with a lot of confidence and we all know what Ciante can do. It is going to be a fun group to watch.”

A freshman newcomer that you should get accustomed to playing on the Blackshirts is Nathan Gerry. Gerry a Sioux Falls, S.D., native has really impressed Coach Pelini up to this point in fall camp.

“Nate can play a lot of different spots for us, he has played some safety, and he has played some will, some buck (linebacker), some dime. He is going to be a good football player.”

Senior Brodrick Nickens has also impressed Pelini so far in camp, after making the transition from offensive lineman to defensive tackle in his last season as a Husker.

“Brodrick does a good job on what we are asking him to do. He has to work on getting a little lower at times but he is a big load in there that can hold the point. He works hard, he’s a leader and he is doing a good job for us.”

Another defensive tackle that has shown some promise is sophomore Aaron Curry. It will be vital for the Husker defense to find good production out of the defensive line during the 2013 season, and according to Pelini, once Curry finds some consistency he could be a key player.

“Curry is doing a good job, like I said he is one of those guys who has shown flashes. He needs to continue to work on his consistency but that can be said about a lot of the guys up front.”

Nebraska will be back on the practice field on Wednesday for its 11th and 12th practices of fall camp. Check back at for all of your preseason football practice coverage including the latest news, photos and video features



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