First Spring Practice In The Books

The Nebraska football team conducted its first practice under Head Coach Bill Callahan Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Callahan said the atmosphere was perfect for NU's first workout out the spring. The Huskers practiced in shorts for two hours and 15 minutes, as temperatures approached 70 degrees in Lincoln.

“It was a good practice for the opening practice of spring football,” Callahan said. “I was proud of the way the guys came out.We did not have a lot of work in the offseason relative to scheme and technique and the fundamentals that we were working on today. We were a little rusty, and we have a ways to go, but I was encouraged by our effort, our energy and our tempo today on the practice field.”

The Husker coaching staff used the first of 15 scheduled spring practices to introduce new offensive and defensive schemes. Callahan, who plans to implement the West Coast offense, said he had been anticipating his first practice as NU's head coach for a long time.

“I wanted to see how this system would work and how it would be received by the players,” he said. “The players worked hard, and by and large, our kids grasped the system as they moved on. They were a little tentative – a little anxious to begin with, so it was a little bit tough for some of the guys. But once they settled down and relaxed, they understood the concepts better.”

Nebraska will practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday before taking Sunday off.