NU Offense progresses through fall camp

The Huskers practiced for just over two hours on Thursday afternoon in helmets, jerseys and shorts outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass grass practice fields. After practice, offensive coordinator Tim Beck and defensive coordinator Carl Pelini spoke to the media.

 

When asked why the players were wearing only helmets, Beck said that the offense was going trough certain situations and that it was a learning day for the squad.

 

“I just think it was a big teaching day for our guys. We just wanted to make sure we reviewed some certain situations,” Beck said. “It was a little bit more of a mental day for our guys at this point. The tempo was still pretty good. The guys went out there and competed.”

 

Beck commented on the progress of the offense as he goes into his first year as Nebraska's play caller.

 

“I'm pleased with our progress. Obviously we're not a finished product,” Beck said. “I hope our best game is our last game as long as we continue to improve and get better. That's a good thing. That's our goal. We realize that, so I think our players understand that, so they go out there every day and they go to work and try and get better from the day before even if it's just one little thing. Today I thought we got better.”

 

Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said that while defensive end Cameron Meredith has missed some recent practice, Pelini believes Meredith could play today if Nebraska had their first game, but his time rehabbing is also helping Nebraska develop depth.

 

“If we played today, he'd be playing. He's a really tough guy, and he understands his body and knows what he can and can't do,” Pelini said. “We're just trying to get him 100%. We also have guys like Joe Carter and Eric Martin that can use as many reps as we can give them. At the same time, we're not forcing Cameron back in too fast, we're just also using that time to develop some of the guys who are probably going to have to play for us.”

 

When asked if the defense is where it's expected to be with the Huskers first game a week away, Pelini said, “This is that time every year where the coach is scared to death with a week away. You just wish you were further, but we're fine.”

 

The Huskers will continue practicing Friday afternoon as the gear up for their first game of the season. Continue to check Huskers.com for updates as the Huskers prepare for the upcoming season.