‘We were alright, not great’: Huskers continue to prepare for upcoming season

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – With only 26 days until Ireland, the Huskers continue to prepare for the upcoming season during fall practice.

In the off-season, the Husker squad saw a lot of changes including the hiring of offensive coordinator Mark Whipple and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph.

Both coaches spoke in a press conference on Monday, which marked the first day of open camp for the season.

Whipple believes the quarterbacks on the roster are showing good growth and said red zone work has been a focus during fall practice.

Adrian Martinez, who spent four seasons with Nebraska, transferred and is now leading the Kansas State Wildcats.

Since then, Texas QB Casey Thompson and Florida State QB Chubba Purdy transferred to Nebraska.

Logan Smothers, who started against Iowa in the last game of the 2021 season, will also be returning for his sophomore year.

During the press conference, Whipple said the team turned the ball over too much as a unit and that they shouldn’t have to force things.

For now, he says that work is going fine.

“We were alright, not great, didn’t turn the ball over, that’s the big thing,” Whipple said.  “That’s the focus always the first time in the red zone because everything is constricted and really just play it like it’s first quarter in Northwestern.”

Whipple doubled down on the importance of red zone play during the press conference on Monday.

“We get down there and we want to get points on the board,” Whipple said.  “Yeah I want a touchdown all the time but if it’s not there, just be smart and get rid of it and we got a good kicker and we’ll get points on the board.”

Joseph also spoke at the press conference and explained what he wants to see day in and day out from his receivers.

He says he’s stressing the importance of stacking days to his unit, which means he wants his players to get better each day and also be honest with themselves.

“Don’t have a good day then be satisfied and come back and play average keep stacking days,” Joseph said.  “Keep extending that’s what I’ve been talking to them about. We didn’t stack a day today. We got our butts whooped today by the DBs you know? And we can’t have that. We gotta stack days.”

The Huskers are set to take on Northwestern in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin, Ireland on Aug. 27.

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