Lincoln – The Nebraska football team went through its first of 15 spring practices Wednesday afternoon by working out for 2 1/2 hours in shorts and helmets inside the Hawks Championship Center. The Huskers, who are coming off a 9-5 record in 2006, are preparing for the annual Red-White Spring Game, which will take place April 14.

“It was a fun and good practice today,” Head Coach Bill Callahan said. “It’s a great way to start the spring. I thought they all looked good. There were quite a bit of plays that we threw in for the first day and a lot of shifts and motion. We did not hold back from where we ended going into bowl preparations. We picked up the installation the first day of practice just as if it was the last day.”

The start of drills marks the fourth spring under Callahan, who will be hoping to replace departing senior quarterback Zac Taylor. The Huskers have a collection of quarterbacks looking for playing time, including juniors Joe Ganz and Beau Davis and senior Sam Keller. Freshman Patrick Witt and sophomore Zac Lee are also on campus for the start of spring ball.

“We went fast and furious in terms of reps,” Callahan said of the quarterbacks. “I thought the reps were balanced. We held Patrick (Witt) back a little bit, but by and large they all got equal repetitions throughout every drill and every team emphasis.”

The Huskers will continue its spring workouts by practicing Friday afternoon.