Hundreds of Youth Take Part in Husker Youth Experience

By NU Athletic Communications
The first-ever Husker Youth Experience brought 502 youth to the FieldTurf of Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The first-ever Husker Youth Experience brought 502 youth to the FieldTurf of Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

The Husker football team spent an hour with more than 500 youth after Saturday morning’s practice as part of the first Husker Youth Experience. The youngsters went through four stations of football fundamental drills with coaching from the Nebraska coaching staff and players.

The Husker Youth Experience began with the youth taking part in the Tunnel Walk, before the football drills began. The four areas of instruction that were focused were blocking, tackling, running and ball-handling. The event was capped with Coach Bill Callahan addressing the youth in attendance.

 

Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan said the event was a great experience for him and his staff as well as the Cornhusker players.

 

“It was fun to see all of the little Huskers out there on the field today,” Callahan said. “They got to go through some of our drills and the camaraderie with the players was great. We had fun with them.”

 

The Husker Youth Experience is the latest in a long line of outreach activities for the Husker football team. Earlier this month, the players and coaching staff visited the Children’s and Veteran’s Hospital in Omaha.

 

Many of the participants in the Husker Youth Experience will return to Lincoln in early June for Nebraska’s first-ever Husker Youth Camp for children ages 8-13.

 

Nebraska Puts on Pads for First Time This Spring

 

The Nebraska football team was back outside on Saturday morning, going through a 2 hour practice on the Memorial Stadium FieldTurf. Saturday marked the first spring practice in full pads and Nebraska wasted no time getting physical.

 

In the middle portion of Saturday’s practice the Huskers conducted the “Oklahoma Drill” for the first time this spring, which featured full contact between several of NU’s offensive and defensive players.

 

Coach Bill Callahan said he was pleased with how the new drill worked out.

 

“It was a great inside drill,” Callahan said. “I thought our players showed great spirit, tempo and attitude. Everything we were looking for from it came out.”

 

Callahan also updated the injury status of senior cornerback Donald DeFrand and redshirt freshman Lydon Murtha. Murtha participated in his first practice of the spring Saturday, while DeFrand was held out again with a foot sprain.

 

“Lydon (Murtha) returned in pads today,” Callahan said. “He worked a little bit early during practice, but we won’t bring him totally back until he’s fully recovered.”

 

Nebraska takes the rest of the Easter weekend off, before resuming practice on Monday afternoon. The Huskers will practice on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week.

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