Lincoln--The Nebraska football team continued spring workouts with a two-and-a-half hour practice in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Center Monday afternoon. 

 

Defense continues to be a major focus for the NU coaching staff during spring ball.  The Huskers will have to replace 10 letterwinners, including six starters, from last year’s defensive unit.  Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove sees great value in spring camp.

 

“When fall camp starts, it will all be carry-over because basically our whole package will be installed,” Cosgrove said.  “We’re getting them used to our practice tempo and how to practice.  Those new guys will understand those things after going through the camp.”

 

The Huskers will look to build on their strength inside.  While Nebraska lost all four starters on the defensive line, both Ndamakong Suh and Ty Steinkuhler saw significant action last year for the Huskers in reserve roles.  Cosgrove noted that Suh has made strides during the offseason.

 

“Suh is so strong and physical,” Cosgrove said.  “I see his quickness improving and he’s a very powerful guy, so I think he’ll be tough on the inside.”

 

Meanwhile, the Huskers also will have to replace defensive ends Jay Moore and Adam Carriker, who made a combined 64 starts during their NU careers.  Candidates to take over at those two spots include Zach Potter and Barry Turner, who is sidelined during the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery.

 

“We’re ahead on the inside positions, but our outside guys will come along,” Cosgrove said.  “They’re getting a lot of reps this spring.”

 

In the defensive backfield, Nebraska is taking advantage of spring practice by slightly adjusting its coverages.

 

“You never want to stay the same,” Cosgrove said.  “You always want to try to improve yourself, and anything we can add to the scheme we have right now, we’re going to try and do it.”

 

The Huskers will practice next on Wednesday, the fifth scheduled workout of spring camp, as the Huskers continue to build toward the April 14 Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Fans may purchase tickets for the spring game by logging onto Huskers.com or calling the Husker Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8 BIG RED.