Quick hits from Nebraska football’s fifth fall camp practice Wednesday night, the first practice in full pads.
>> Coach Bo Pelini tweaked the depth charts a bit, “mixing and matching” players on certain units, to gauge the Huskers’ competitiveness and adaptability.
“We’ve already been experimenting, moving guys around, and seeing a lot of different personnel groups,” Pelini said. “Moving guys up and moving guys down. There’s competition at every position, probably more so since anytime I’ve been here”
And: “If you get moved down or you get moved up, whether that’s a permanent change, I don’t know. The truth’s on the film. Everything’s being evaluated.”
Said linebacker Trevor Roach, a No. 2 Mike linebacker who got moved down a spot Wednesday: “People came out today and were flying around. It just gives you that competitive edge. You got to stay level-headed and hit the books.”
>> Secondary coach Terry Joseph spoke highly of true freshman Charles Jackson, working at the No. 2 nickel back spot behind Ciante Evans. Senior Jase Dean is also seeing snaps at nickel. NU hasn’t yet unveiled the dime package in practice, Joseph said.
>> Junior Andrew Green said he talks to his brother, Aaron, every day. Aaron left the NU program in May and transferred to TCU. Said Andrew: “He really likes it. He feels like it’s a good fit.”
>> More on versatility: A number of Husker coaches and players like the multifaceted nature of NU’s backfield, especially with the addition of big backs Mike Marrow and Imani Cross.
“We’ve got big backs who can run,” running backs coach Ron Brown said. “And we’ve recruited to that end. We knew we had smaller, quick backs that could get to the edge and do some things in the open field. We also knew we were playing in a conference that kind of packs things in and brings the safeties down low.”
>> Right now, Baker Steinkuhler, Thad Randle and Chase Rome are the top defensive tackles, with Kevin Williams, Jay Guy and Kenny Anderson running with the No. 2 units.
Williams, you’ll recall, flashed potential as a true freshman in fall camp last year before tearing up his knee.
“Kevin started off slow and he’s come on the last couple days,” Pelini said.
>> Pelini confirmed 2012 signee Alonzo Moore is academically eligible and will join the team at a later date.
>> The team remains healthy. Corner Mo Seisay returned to practice after rolling an ankle Monday.
“I wish I had some wood to knock on, but we’ve been pretty healthy so far,” Pelini said.