Sophomore Austin Cassidy is getting reps at safety during spring practice to fill the shoes of 2009 safeties Larry Asante and Matt O'Hanlon.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Begin New Week of Spring Practice

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - Head Coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers began their first full week of spring practice and their fourth workout overall with a 2-hour full-padded session on Monday afternoon.

"It was good," Pelini said about the practice. "It was the second day of pads. We did a little live work. We had a good tempo. We got a lot done, got a lot put in and did a lot of base fundamental work. I like what I've seen so far."

Nebraska utilized both the indoor Hawks Championship Center and the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field in ideal 70-degree temperatures.

Many Huskers have shown early promise, including sophomore safety Austin Cassidy, who hopes to pick up where 2009 seniors Larry Asante and Matt O'Hanlon left off. 

"He's been working at safety and he's been working at nickel," Pelini said of Cassidy. "He's very versatile. He's kind of like a hybrid guy. I like what he brings to the table in a number of different ways. We think he's a good football player."

True freshmen Jay Guy and Chase Rome have also been working to improve on their fundamentals and knowledge of Nebraska football.

"They work hard," Pelini said. "I think their future is bright obviously. There is a lot of learning to be done, a lot of technique and fundamental things that they're hearing and seeing for the first time. Their efforts been good. They're coming along. The future is bright for both of those guys."

Pelini added that winter conditioning has helped prepare the team for spring practices.

"We're an athletic team," Pelini said. "This is just the next phase after winter conditioning. In winter conditioning, we got a lot done and we just have to follow it up. We just finished day four and we have 10 practices left we have to keep going and keep getting better."

The Huskers return to the field Wednesday afternoon for their fifth of 14 spring practices leading up to the April 17 Red-White Spring Game. Less than 15,000 tickets remain, which can be purchased by visiting or by calling 1-800-8BIG-RED.


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