Nebraska I-back Cody Glenn capped a strong opening week of spring practice with a *seven-carry, 61-yard performance
Saturday as the Huskers ended their workout with a 28-play live scrimmage at the Hawks Championship Center.
“It felt really good for me,” said the 6-foot, 230-pound Glenn, battling fellow sophomores Marlon Lucky and Leon Jackson for the starting job. “It gave everybody a chance to see where they were at.”
The 6-foot, 210-pound Lucky carried four times for 20 yards and also had a 15-yard reception. The 6-1, 210-pound Jackson rushed once for 12 yards.
Saturday marked Nebraska’s third and final practice of the first week and its first in full pads. In the “first-and-10 scrimmage,” the offense received a point if it gained four or more yards. If the offense failed to gain four yards, the defense received a point. Final tally: Defense 17, offense 11.
“That’s why you saw the offensive players running (sprints) at the end,” Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said. “Of course, the defensive players will eat first today for lunch.”
Quarterback Zac Taylor completed 3 of 5 passes for 24 yards, and backup Harrison Beck was 3-for-5 for 46 yards. Earlier in the practice, Beck struggled during a 7-on-7 drill, misfiring on 9 of 11 passes and throwing two interceptions, one by Matt O’Hanlon, the other by Brandon Rigoni. Taylor was 11-for-16 during the 7-on-7 drill.
Callahan said he remains confident in Beck.
“Guys are going to have ‘off’ days,” the coach said. “We put a lot of things into the offense today. I’m very patient in that respect. I don’t jump to any conclusions, and I look at it as a coaching opportunity to improve Harrison. He’ll get better. There’s no doubt in my mind.”
Glenn ripped off runs of 30 and 20 yards.
“The thing that impresses me is he continues to build speed and power through the hole,” Callahan said. “Not only does he have that attribute, but he still has that cut ability and he has a little elusiveness in his game as well.
“The big thing is he continues to improve as a player. His (pass) protection skills have really improved, and his ability to run routes down field on the perimeter has really been important. He’s becoming more complete as a back, just like all of our backs.”
-- ‘BONDING SESSION’: After engaging in a heated scuffle during Friday’s practice, neither wideout Grant Mulkey nor linebacker Steve Octavien was on hand for Saturday’s practice. “They were having a little bonding today,” Callahan said. “They did some bonding off the field, away from the team, to get their minds right.” Callahan said it was important to quickly address the issue. “The thing is, I want to be able to practice right. There’s a certain code of ethics when you practice together. It’s a privilege to practice together.”
-- HERIAN UPDATE: Senior tight end Matt Herian, recovering from a broken leg suffered in October of 2004, didn’t participate in Saturday’s practice. He jogged around the edges of the field without shoulder pads or a helmet. In addition to his leg injury, Herian has been bothered by a sore hamstring.
-- YOUNGSTERS INVADE: A total of 529 children ages 8 through eighth grade participated in the Husker Youth Experience following Saturday’s practice. After a simulated Tunnel Walk onto the indoor field, Husker players and coaches sent the kids through various drills, much like a practice. “It was great to see the little Huskers come out and spend an afternoon with our players,” Callahan said. The kids also watched motivational videos shown to the team before games.
* not bad at all. Im now convinced our running game will be great. when you average like 8.7 ypc on our D, your doing somthing rigtht.