Final week of spring practice for Huskers

The Huskers started the final week of spring practice with a two-hour practice inside the Hawks Championship Center Monday afternoon.   Today's workout is the first of three practices this week before Saturday's annual Red-White Spring game inside Memorial Stadium.

Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck spoke with the media after practice on the progression of the offense heading into the homestretch of the spring. Beck praised the effort, but still saw room for improvement and talked about getting the last 10 percent out of his players.

“I think what they are missing, that last 10 percent, that's why we practice,” Beck said. “No one is ever perfect. No one ever plays a perfect game, but we're shooting for that obviously. I'm going to push them and challenge them and expect their best. That's that 10 percent – the difference between a good football team and a great football team.”

Beck has been impressed with the transition that redshirt freshman Jake Cotton has made moving from the defensive to offensive line in the spring.

“I have been real pleased with Jake,” Beck said. “He's a very aggressive physical guy, and I love the way he plays on the offensive line. He's been able to learn. He's put the time in and studied, and he's got a good coach in his dad.”

Beck also has seen great strides from redshirt freshman Brion Carnes in his development at quarterback.

“He's made a tremendous amount of improvement,” Beck said. “I've been real pleased with what he's been doing. He still has a ways to go like we all do. He's made tremendous gains at the quarterback position, no question about it. I'm real proud of him and where he is at right now.”

Nebraska has two more practices this week before ending spring practice Saturday with the annual Red-White spring game. Tickets for the Huskers spring game remain available on and through the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8 BIGRED.