The Huskers have completed their third practice of August, so below are a few noteworthy items to keep you occupied on this Monday night.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis and offensive coordinator Tim Beck were among several coaches who spoke with reporters Monday. More to come. Here’s what we’ve got for now…
>> Papuchis said the coaches’ goal (from this point and through the next couple weeks) is not to find starters on the defensive line — he wants a reliable rotation up front, first. So identifying capable contributors is the focus, he said.
>> Junior cornerback Mo Seisay walked off the field without shoulder pads and a helmet. He didn’t practice Monday, according to secondary coach Terry Joseph. “I think he just rolled his ankle,” Joseph said. “It’s one of those things (where) we want to be careful right now. ”
>> Most of the players seemed appreciative of the late start time for Monday’s practice. The temperature was still in the low-90s when they began the session at 6:45 p.m., but it’s dipped down into the mid-80s since.
>> Papuchis said this week (several players are still enrolled in summer classes), the team is not required to be at the facility for meetings until 1:45 p.m. There are some lifting sessions in the morning. The goal now is for the players to get some sleep, Papuchis said.
>> Asked if redshirt freshman defensive tackle Todd Peat could work his way on to the 105-man roster, Papuchis said this: “We’ll see.” Peat could be a candidate to take over a roster spot if there’s an injury, Papuchis said.
>> Senior running back Rex Burkhead isn’t being limited by the coaches at all in practice, according to Beck. That could change, though. Probably will change, actually. The Huskers aren’t yet in full pads. Said Beck: “We’ve got to get him in playing shape, but obviously we’re watching the hits that he’s going to take.”
>> Freshman Paul Thurston is taking some reps at center, Beck said. Junior Jeremiah Sirles is not. … The battle for that starting spot is still between junior Cole Pensick, senior Justin Jackson and sophomore Mark Pelini, according to Beck.