NU Football: Huskers Complete Second Spring Practice

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Huskers Complete Second Spring Practice

Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team continued its 2015 practice season Monday afternoon, as the Huskers practiced outside at the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields, split into two groups each practicing for about an hour and 45 minutes.

Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker spoke to media members following Monday’s practice, mentioning that practice was slightly better than the first practice on Saturday, as players and coaches alike are getting used to each other on the field.

“It was a little bit better than day one, the thing that I have to remind myself about is the fact that everything is new to everybody,” Banker said. “We are new to the players, the players are new to us, scheme, you rely a lot of times as a coach on guys that have been in the program and have been through it, that is not necessarily the case.”

Banker added, “We have guys that know how to lead by example, and do the right thing and teach the younger guys—maybe in the classroom with some of the younger guys how to take notes or what to pay attention to.”

According to Banker, the defensive installation has been going pretty smooth so far, as the team has been working more on fundamentals rather than the actual playbook.

“It seems to be good. The biggest thing that we have talked about around here is you do not have to know anything about what we do. The biggest thing is you give effort,” Banker said. “At some point in time effort will not be good enough and we will actually have to execute. Defensively we do not have a lot in right now, we are trying to be conscious with the fundamentals.”

The Huskers will run 4-3 under Banker, something that NU is schematically capable of already according to Banker.

“The fortunate thing in our case schematically is– personnel wise they were built for a 4-3 team. They played a type of ‘quarters’ secondary, so personnel wise that configuration is there,” he said. “I think we have a solid group up front, I think we have a decent group in the back end, and when I say solid or decent, I mean from a standpoint of players and numbers.”

Nebraska returns to the practice field on Wednesday for its third workout of the spring. Check back at Huskers.com for updates.