Linebacker David Santos chases down a NU running back at practice.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Pelini Impressed with Huskers' Enthusiasm

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb.- Nebraska hit the practice field for the second time in the 2013 football fall camp Tuesday night, going through a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets inside the Hawks Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice facility.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media after practice, noting that he thinks the team has had two great first days of practice.

“I thought we have had two good days obviously no pads with the way the NCAA lays it out but the energy has been good and we have gotten a lot of things accomplished over the first couple of days.” Pelini said, “I like where we are right now, I like the enthusiasm, the execution has been pretty good and we have been getting a lot of guys’ reps.”

A newcomer fans might want to get accustomed to being on the field is juco-transfer defensive end Randy Gregory. Gregory a product of Arizona Western Community college in Yuma, Ariz., was a top recruit for the Huskers 2013 recruiting class, and so far has impressed Pelini at practice.

“Randy has looked good the first two days, obviously we are practicing in shorts but he is obviously is swimming a little mentally out there, but he can play.” Pelini said, “I think he (Gregory) showed up in-shape and he hasn’t struggled at all as far as his conditioning is concerned.”

Pelini also mentioned that freshman quarterback Johnny Stanton’s knee is fine, and has done some good things but, “obviously has a long-long way to go.”

Nebraska lost seven starters from last year’s defense and is breaking in a number of new faces, but don’t count Pelini among those that are concerned about the Blackshirts.

“They are going to play good football when we kick off, I have every confidence—I like what I have seen with the defense so far.” Pelini said, “You guys are the ones concerned about the defense, not me. We’ll be fine.”

*Pelini noted freshman defensive tackle Maliek Collins did not practice today, due to an undisclosed personal issue.

Nebraska will be back on the practice field on Wednesday evening for their third workout of camp. Check back at for all of your preseason football practice coverage including the latest news, photos and video features.


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