The Nebraska football team opened fall drills Monday afternoon with a two-and-a-half hour practice on the grass fields next to Memorial Stadium. Today's practice, conducted in sweats, took place on a pleasantly cool August afternoon with temperatures in the low 80's.
Head Coach Bill Callahan was pleased with the pace of the Huskers in their first of 29 preseason practices leading up to the Sept. 4, opener against Western Illinois.
“Overall, the energy was excellent,” Callahan said. “I thought our guys came out positive and worked hard. It was a good day. We got a lot accomplished and we've got a lot more to go.”
As is typical for an early season practice, the defense came out ahead as the offense continued its transition to the West Coast Offense.
“They (defense) did an excellent job coming off the ball and responding in the cover package that we did today,” Callahan said. “I was really proud of our defense. Their retention was excellent, and the carryover from spring ball was really phenomenal. That was great to see.”
“Offensively, we have a long ways to go,” Callahan said. “We had a lot of miscues and fumbled snaps, too many for my liking. We have to pick that one aspect up of our play.”
The Huskers are relatively healthy entering fall camp, as 104 players took part in Monday's practice. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Adams, who battled mononucleosis earlier in the summer, was able to participate in his first practice as a Husker.
“We are going to be really cautious about how many reps we give him,” Callahan said. “He (Adams) didn't look his best today, because he's a little weak, and struggled a little bit with the system. We're confident he'll bounce back real well.”
Nebraska continues fall camp on Tuesday with a practice.