Lincoln - Only five practices separate the Nebraska football team from its April 17 Red-White Spring Game, as the Huskers worked out for 2 hours inside the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday afternoon.
With the graduation of senior safeties Larry Asante and Matt O'Hanlon, the Huskers have plenty of talent and experience to replace in the secondary. Senior-to-be DeJon Gomes, who served as the Huskers' dime back in 2009, hopes to ease the loss this coming fall.
"We need to focus on each day and getting better daily," Gomes said. "I don't really have too many personal goals (for next year), maybe stepping up and being a leader. Seeing how Larry and Matt are gone, we're going to need that in the secondary. Hopefully I can fill that role."
Gomes caused a team-high three fumbles last season and intercepted four passes, which ranked third on the squad. His knack for finding the football earned him honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.
Despite an impressive junior season, Gomes feels he has plenty of room to improve. He writes the word "EYES" on his white armband before practice as a reminder to make sure that his eyes are focused on each play.
"My eyes have been in some wrong spots at times," Gomes said. "As a safety, you're the last valve on the defense, so if you get beat then the whole stadium's going to know. I'm just trying to keep my eyes in the right spot so I can make the right plays."
The Huskers return to the field Friday afternoon for their 10th of 14 spring practices leading up to the April 17th Red-White Spring Game. Less than 15,000 tickets remain, which can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8BIG-RED.