Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska football team practiced in Memorial Stadium for 90 minutes in shoulder pads and shorts on Saturday evening.
Head Coach Mike Riley met with the media afterward to comment on the practice and to announce team captains and finalized true freshman who will see action in 2016.
Riley announced that team captains for the season are senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, senior offensive lineman Dylan Utter, senior safety Nathan Gerry and senior linebacker Josh Banderas.
“I told them, the one thing that would happen here is there’s lots of choices,” Riley said. “I think I might have even said to you guys, I was halfway encouraging the fact, let’s have game captains. We’ve got so many leaders right here within this group, the senior group. But I appreciate them, they came back to me and said nope, let’s vote like we have before for captains, so we did that and I knew it was going to be hard.”
Riley also stated that there will be a Sam Foltz captain of the week, as was requested by seniors on the team.
Riley informed the media that four true freshmen who are definitely set to play in 2016 are defensive back Lamar Jackson, defensive back JoJo Doman, punter Caleb Lightbourn, who will serve as starting punter for the team, and running back Tre Bryant.
“Tre has just kind of fit in so well with special teams. He’ll be our kick off returner, he’ll get a mix as a running back,” Riley said. “One of the things you have to look for early in the running back is… how does he fit into the passing game, can he run around, can he catch the ball, can he pass protect. Right away he understood pass protection, not so much the physical part of just blocking, but kind of understanding who the pick-up was and how this all works, so Trey was really natural about that.”
The “Boneyard Bash” event during practice welcomed more than 3,500 students to Memorial Stadium to watch the Huskers practice game scenarios and situations, which was followed by a live performance of “Let Me Clear My Throat” by DJ Kool.
“I loved this night, this was good, it was good football,” Riley said. “You know, I think that the students, the band, cheerleaders, the crowd all added to some good enthusiasm.”
Nebraska will now move into game week preparation on Sunday. The Huskers kick off the 2016 season against Fresno State next Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised by BTN.
Although season tickets are sold out for the 2016 season, fans who want to see the Huskers in person this season at Memorial Stadium can purchase single-game tickets from returning visiting team allotments.
Nebraska Athletics is offering the B1G Pack, where fans can save $10 off single-game pricing and receive a ticket to both the Purdue and Maryland games for $120.
Single-game tickets are also available to the Huskers’ season opener with Fresno State on Sept. 3 ($75) and the Oct. 1 homecoming game against Illinois ($65). To order tickets, visit Huskers.com/tickets or call 1-800-8 BIG RED during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday.-Friday). For more information, visit Huskers.com.