Practice Report: Husker defense developing with high expectations
"Now we have a whole season under our belt - COVID season under our belt, but I think that's huge for the whole development of the D-line," said defensive lineman Casey Rogers.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The sounds of pads hitting and whistles blowing filled the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday as the media got it’s first in-person look at Nebraska football this spring.
Head coach Scott Frost said the Huskers are coming along and liked the energy from Wednesday’s practice. The Nebraska defense especially seems to be gelling well. And the group is firing on all cylinders after gaining tons of confidence during 2019.
“Now we have a whole season under our belt – COVID season under our belt, but I think that’s huge for the whole development of the D-line,” said defensive lineman Casey Rogers.
Nearly the entire defensive line is returning this season for Nebraska football – and bringing experience with it.
“Everyone in their head knows we aren’t losing anyone, but that’s just another way that we can step up our game,” Rogers said.
An extra boost of motivation for these veterans who are also welcoming in a handful of ‘new guys’ to this team.
“They all ask for help,” said fifth-year senior Marquel Dismuke. “Whatever questions they need. They give me their all when I ask for it. Besides that, whatever they need I’m there for them”
Said defensive line coach Tony Tuioti, “They are an extension of my own family. Right now, I’m spending more time with them than my own kids, and it’s awesome.”
This balanced roster of experience and young, hungry players brings a new season with new opportunities but the same expectations.
“I love that about this state about the culture,” said Tuioti. “It burns me every single day that we have to play up to that expectation. They are high expectations and that’s why we came here.”
This team knows they have a lot to prove but are ready to show the potential that they have.
“This team that we got right now can do way more,” said senior defensive back Deontai Williams. “And we want to show the country that we are better than what everyone else thinks we are.
“Everyone expect us to be a .500 team, a 7-5 team. Nah, we want to win the west.”
Winning the big ten west – a bold predicton for a team that has their eyes set on the future.