Quick hits from Saturday’s scrimmage:
>> Nebraska coach Bo Pelini awarded junior Spencer Long and seniors Seung Hoon Choi, Justin Jackson, Justin Blatchford and Brett Maher scholarships for the upcoming season. Walk-ons Jase Dean, Graham Stoddard and Kenny Anderson will be put on scholarship during the second semester. Long and Maher were put on scholarship earlier this summer.
Pelini announced the new scholarship players at a midfield huddle after Saturday’s scrimmage.
“Words can’t describe,” Jackson said. “It chokes me up talking about it now. Been a long time. A lot of work. Coach Bo takes care of us. Great feeling. I was always hoping. We got a lot of guys on our team that bust their butt and work really hard. To hear my name as one of them? You never imagine it’s going to happen.”
According to a NU football spokesman, Pelini has now put 18 walk-ons on scholarship since 2008, including six in 2009.
>> Wide receiver Taariq Allen left practice early on a cart with an apparent injury, but coach Bo Pelini said Allen would be fine.
>> The NCAA has cleared 2012 recruit Jared Afalava to join the team, Pelini said. That means NU’s entire recruiting class qualified academically. Pelini had no update on Auburn transfer Jonathan Rose.
>> NU ran more than 100 plays in its scrimmage. It was, in Pelini’s words, a “big evaluation scrimmage,” which means presumed, entrenched starters got fewer reps while backups got more. Especially the backup quarterbacks.
“The backup quarterbacks got a ton of work today,” Pelini said. “Saw a lot of good things. I’ll have to look at the film and see. I thought they handled the offense well. I thought they took command. How they executed? I thought it was good, at times. I thought we made some mistakes. We’ll see. I’ll give you a better assessment once I look at the film but on the surface, I thought they all did a pretty good job.”