Published Saturday, March 2, 2013 AT 2:29 PM / Updated at 10:16 AM
Spring practice up and running for Huskers
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said it was a good first day as the Huskers kicked off spring football practice with just over two hours of work both inside the Hawks Center and outside on the grass.

“I thought we did a lot of good things,” Pelini said. “Lot of things to learn from, lot of mistakes, which you’re going to expect from a first day. But I thought the attitude was good and I thought the tempo was good.”

Some odds and ends:

>> Pelini said he plans to spend a little more time with the defense this spring, “but I’ll still have my influence on the offense.” Nebraska at times Saturday had as few as two seniors on the field with its No. 1 defense.

>> Senior cornerback Andrew Green is coming back from shoulder surgery and will miss all of the spring.

>> Pelini said sophomore I-back Imani Cross is around 220 or 221 pounds after playing last season at 230. Both Cross and the staff will evaluate through the spring how he feels at that weight.

>> In addition to the three NU recruits that came in January, the Huskers also have added North Dakota State transfer Sam Hahn. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman is a redshirt freshman from DeWitt, Neb.

>> Nebraska returns to practice Monday. In all, the Huskers will have eight practices before spring break, then return on March 25 for the final six before the April 6 Red-White game.

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