Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said he was pleased with the defensive effort so far this spring.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Show Good Energy in Fifth Spring Practice

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team continued spring practices on Wednesday afternoon, working for just over two hours in full pads outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields. The practice marked the second for the team since returning from spring break on Monday.

Following practice, defensive coordinator John Papuchis discussed his thoughts on the fifth day of spring practice with the media.

"We'll know more when we see the film," Papuchis said. "I thought the effort and energy was pretty good. Today was a big install day, so there was a lot of learning going on, but generally I thought it was pretty good."

When asked what he is looking for when reviewing film from spring practices, Papuchis said showing effort toward rectifying mistakes is a key component to improvement during spring ball.

"It's a little bit of everything right now, because we are still early in the installation process," Papuchis said. "The biggest thing I'm looking for is to see guys who correct mistakes they've made from the previous practice. We've got to eliminate the errors, and guys are going to make mistakes. That's what practice is about, that's what spring ball is for: to learn and kind of develop in the system. But I want to see guys that can correct mistakes they've made from the previous practice, and that's what I'm looking for."

On Monday, Head Coach Bo Pelini remarked that he thought the defense may be slightly ahead of the offense so far this spring. Papuchis commented that he was pleased with the defense, but added that they still have plenty of room for improvement."

"That usually is the case, because the speed of the game defensively is sometimes a little bit easier than offensively, with all the things they have going on," Papuchis said. "I'm pleased right now. I think through five practices, we're kind of on track on where we need to be, but we're nowhere near where we need to go."

Papuchis also addressed continuity on the Nebraska defense and whether any changes had been made under him as defensive coordinator.

"There's some that is consistent, but at the same time, I think to be an effective coach you have to coach to your personality," Papuchis said. "Obviously Carl [Pelini] and I are a little bit different in terms of our personality, so I guess if you asked the players, I'm sure there would be a difference. In terms of the system and the structure of how we're doing things, it's not very different.

The Huskers will continue spring practices on Thursday, with only nine practices remaining until the annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN will also air the game on tape-delay at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. Continue to check back to for all your Nebraska spring football updates.


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