Youth Experience Highlights Saturday Practice

By NU Athletic Communications
Head Coach Bill Callahan and the Huskers welcomed nearly 500 kids to the Husker Youth Experience.
Head Coach Bill Callahan and the Huskers welcomed nearly 500 kids to the Husker Youth Experience.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln - Following a 2 ˝ hour practice at the Hawks Championship Center, the Nebraska football team opened the doors to nearly 500 kids between the ages of eight and 8th grade for the annual Husker Youth Experience. The kids, some of which came from more than five hours away, were treated to a series of stations with Nebraska players and coaches designed to improve basic fundamental skills.


“Today was a tremendous day for us,” Head Coach Bill Callahan said. “I know the players and coaches had fun and it was good to extend ourselves to the community. It reminds our players of their own youth playing in the sandlot leagues and helps them remember the fun of just playing football.”


During practice, the Huskers donned full pads for the first time this spring, while the youth spent the morning rotating between watching practice, running drills with former Huskers Stewart Bradley and Zac Taylor in the Cook Pavilion and watching video on the Memorial Stadium concourse.


With just three days of practice behind them, Callahan said he can already see the carryover from NU’s performance last season.


“We put the pads on the first time today and had a lot of good collisions and contact,” Callahan said. “I was pleased with the carryover I saw from last year’s bowl season. Our execution has been very good.”


Nebraska focused particularly on form and technique in Saturday’s drills, training players to stay on their feet in what Callahan called “playing high and hard.” The Huskers also spent time working on special teams, a trend that Callahan said will continue throughout the spring.


Nebraska is also focused on strengthening its I-Back corps, andCallahan was particularly complimentary of junior Marlon Lucky’s performance over the last three practices.


“We want to see improvements from our I-Backs,” Callahan said. “Our reads can always get better and we can never be good enough at pass protection because these guys are going to see so many blitzes. Marlon has done a great job so far. I’m pleased with his efforts and his focus.”


After holding three practices in the last four days, the Huskers will take Sunday off before getting back to work on Monday, March 26 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.


The Huskers are continuing to build toward the April 14 Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Fans may purchase tickets for the spring game by logging onto or calling the Husker Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8 BIG RED.



Statement from Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan following Saturday’s practice:

“Sam (Keller) has been very apologetic and remorseful for the event that took place. His discipline is being handled internally. I feel terrible about it and I know he feels extremely bad as well. He’s a strong individual and I know he is committed to taking the steps to becoming the best he can be here at Nebraska.”


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