Coming off an impressive 35-7 win at Iowa State, the Nebraska football team returned to the practice field with an hour-and-a-half workout in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets inside Memorial Stadium. Coach Bo Pelini said the team continues to build its confidence with strong work on the practice field.
“I think their confidence has gotten better because they’re practicing better,” Pelini said. “Their understanding is better. They feel themselves getting better as a football team, and I think it has translated to better confidence, a good attitude and practicing well. When you’re not making as many mistakes in practice, you start to build the comfort level in what you’re being asked to do, and that just breeds confidence.”
One player whose recent solid practices have drawn him more attention in the Nebraska gameplan is I-back Quentin Castille. The sophomore from LaPorte, Texas nearly doubled his yardage output from the previous three games combined with 70 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown against the Cyclones.
“He’s feeling good,” Pelini said. “He’s practicing well. You’ll see more and more of him. He’s been practicing well, and we feel that he’s ready to break out and be a factor.”
Against ISU, Castille was used not only in short-yardage situations but throughout Nebraska’s offensive packages.
“I think he think he can be a factor in all plays, (whether) inside or outside.” Pelini said. “He’s a good football player and I think his confidence has grown and I think he’s ready to be a factor for us. If you get a guy his size that can move out on the perimeter and put him on defensive backs, he can be a big factor.”
On the injury front, Nebraska remained fairly healthy, with only defensive end Clayton Sievers and linebacker Tyler Wortman missing the workout due to injuries sustained in the Iowa State game. Pelini expects both to return to the practice field tomorrow.
After meeting with the media tomorrow morning at Memorial Stadium, the Nebraska football team will return to the practice field for the second of five workouts in preparation for Saturday’s nationally-televised game against Baylor.