Huskers Welcome Youth to Memorial Stadium

By NU Athletic Communications
Coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers completed their third practice of the spring on Saturday.
Coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers completed their third practice of the spring on Saturday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska conducted its third practice of the 2007 spring session on Saturday morning with a 2 -hour workout inside Memorial Stadium. The Huskers welcomed a large number of visitors to practice as approximately 500 youth took part in the Husker Youth Experience following Saturday’s workout.


For the first time this spring, Nebraska donned full pads on Saturday. The second half of the practice included some light scrimmage work without tackling. Head Coach Bo Pelini was pleased with the effort and spirit the Huskers showed on Saturday and said it has been a productive first week of spring ball.


“It went well,” Pelini said. “I thought the tempo was good. It was physical and we made a lot of strides. The first three days, especially defensively, they have a lot to learn, but the effort was good. I thought it was a good start to the spring. They have learned a lot. You are seeing steady improvement all across the board. It has been good to see.”


Pelini also commented on the importance of developing leadership during spring ball.


“We are watching for that,” Pelini said “We are looking to see who is going to step out and be the leaders on this team. You are not going to have a great team unless you have some great leadership, especially from the older kids who have been around. You are starting to see it. I think Joe Ganz does a nice job of taking control on the offensive side of the ball, but it has to come from more than just the quarterback. It has got to come in every group. It is there. It is steadily showing itself.”


The Husker Youth Experience took place after Saturday’s practice with kids ranging from 8 years old to 8th grade, running through football drills with Husker players and coaches. The youth were taught basic football fundamentals, including blocking, tackling, ball skills and running skills. The Youth Experience began with the clinic participants taking part in their own version of the Memorial Stadium Tunnel Walk. Pelini addressed the youth after the conclusion of the drills and stressed the importance of taking care of schoolwork before they focus on athletics.


Pelini told the assembled media the Husker Youth Experience was not only enjoyable for those in attendance, but also for those in the football program.


“It is a great event for these kids,” Pelini said. “The turnout is awesome and the kids are very enthusiastic. Our players and coaches had a lot of fun working with the kids and it is important for us to take the time to build relationships through these types of events.”


Nebraska opens the second week of spring practice on Monday afternoon. The Huskers will also practice Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week. The week will also include the Nebraska Spring Coaches Clinic on Thursday through Saturday. In addition to the entire Husker coaching staff, Athletic Director Tom Osborne will speak at the clinic as will former Husker assistant Jerry Moore, who has guided Appalachian State to three straight Division I-AA national championships.


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