Huskers Put On Pads For First Time This Camp

Lincoln–For the first time at the 2002 edition of Camp Solich, the NU players put on pads and practiced for two hours on the Memorial Stadium field turf on Wednesday morning.  For their 1-hour-45-minute workout in the afternoon the Huskers left their pads in their lockers.  After the two sessions, head coach Frank Solich gave his early assesment of his Big Red.

“The attitude has been excellent, the conditioning seems to be good,” Solich said.  “They're willing to learn.  They're guys that once a mistake is made, they work at getting over it and getting better.”

Speaking of getting better, quarterback Jammal Lord has impressed the coaches with his performance during the first 5 days of camp.  “Jammal has really taken charge and he's shown myself, his teammates and coach Solich that he is very, very comfortable and he is ready and excited to take on the challenge,” said quarterback coach Turner Gill.  “I'm feeling very confident in him that he'll be able to go in the football game and perform at a high level.”

On the injury front, Solich says that backup middle linebacker Chad Sievers is expected to be out for an indefinite amount of time after suffering a strained knee.  Sophomore defensive back Philip Bland is expected to miss the next few days with a bruised knee.