Lincoln - The Nebraska football team hit the Hawks Championship Center field for the third time this spring on Saturday morning, working through a 2 ½ hour practice that included full pads and live contact for the first time. The tempo and atmosphere were right where they needed to be for this early in the spring season, offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said Saturday following practice.
"It was good. Everyone is excited to be in spring ball and we had a good day," Watson said. "We're still on a base install on both sides of the ball, so we're just putting in base offense and base defense. We're not trying to scheme each other; we're just introducing guys to some plays. More than anything, that's one part of the emphasis and the other part is fundamentals."
Watson mentioned that along with installing the offense and defense, the other area that is important during spring ball is the instruction given to the scout team players. Most Huskers who played only on the scout team last season are just getting their first introduction to the intricacies of the Husker offense and defense.
"That's the big thing that goes on this time of year," Watson said. "You've got guys who were on the scout field (last year) who haven't had a chance to really be coached. They're getting coached in those two aspects I talked about and it's huge for them. And that's where you see the most growth."
Nebraska will be off on Sunday and returns to the field Monday for the fourth of 15 spring workouts, culminating with the Red-White Spring Game on April 17.