Nebraska Spring Practice Report

Lincoln, Neb.–The Nebraska football team continued its 2004 spring football workouts with its second practice in as many days.  The practice, two hours and 10 minutes long, was moved from Memorial Stadium to Cook Pavillion due to threatening weather conditions in the Lincoln area. 


“We installed more system today.  I thought our defense really flew around the ball.  Our defensive backs did a excellent job in covering the receivers, and our front four was a real factor against the run,” said NU head coach Bill Callahan.


One of the ways in which Nebraska continues to install its system is through installation meetings before practice.


“We go over every play, explain the concept and principle for each play, and then try to preview those plays for the practice itself,” said Callahan.


While the team practiced in shorts for the second straight day, Callahan said that he doesn't try to rein in the players' efforts.


“We're looking for full-speed effort and tempo.  We try not to back off on how physical the practices are.  There are parameters that we put on the players in terms of peeling off on the quarterback and tagging off on the running back.  We're being smart about the skill positions, but overall, in terms of the physicality up front, we let that keep going,” said Callahan.


The Huskers will don pads for the first time in the 2004 season in tomorrow's workout, scheduled to be held at Memorial Stadium from 4 p.m. to 6:13 p.m.


“We're excited to be in shoulder pads tomorrow, to get some thumping in there,” said Callahan.  “We'll get the guys banging around in there, and it should be an exciting practice.  We will not scrimmage, but we'll try to get that scrimmage tempo and scrimmage emphasis.”