The Huskers were without 10 seniors who took part in commencement ceremonies Saturday, including defensive tackles Titus Adams and Le Kevin Smith, strong safety Daniel Bullocks, punter Sam Koch, offensive tackle Seppo Evwaraye, free safety Tyler Fisher, long snapper Jake Peetz, offensive guard Gary Pike, cornerback Joey Robison and wide receiver Mark LeFlore. LeFlore completed his undergraduate work in just three-and-a-half years.
Following practice, Head Coach Bill Callahan addressed his team’s status at the offensive tackle positions. NU started at least one freshman at one of the tackle spots during the final four regular season games due to injuries to starters Evwaraye and senior Cornealius Fuamatu-Thomas.
“We’ve been rotating a lot of players in practice with Chris (Patrick), Matt Slauson, Lydon Murtha and Seppo (Evwaraye),” Callahan said. “We’ve worked in a lot of players and getting them a lot of reps and experience, even flipping them to both sides of the line. They’re getting a lot of good exposure at those spots. We’ll put the best two tackles out there and we’ll decide that as we move along throughout the next week and a half.”
Callahan also commented on freshman Leon Jackson, who has been making the transition from safety to wide receiver during bowl preparations.
“We’re still working him a little on defense, but he’s made that transition on offense where he’s just getting acclimated to the system. He’s got the speed you look for in a wide receiver. He’s getting acquainted with everything that we’re trying to get accomplished, but it takes time. It takes time just to learn the plays and formations and how to plug himself into the system, but he’s winning. He certainly has the talent to play any of these positions.”
The Huskers continue workouts Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. practice.
NOTE: Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan announced on Saturday that senior defensive end Wali Muhammad and senior wide receiver Shamus McKoy have been suspended for the 2005 Alamo Bowl due to violation of team policies.