Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013 AT 7:03 PM / Updated at 10:19 AM
Spring Practice Quick Hits: Pelini says defense showing ‘positive signs’
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

It’s only been two days since that debacle of a practice Saturday, so it appears that coach Bo Pelini’s not making any concrete conclusions just yet. But…

Pelini said Nebraska’s defense “made some significant progress” during practice sessions on Monday and Wednesday. Better practice habits. More attention to detail. Guys’ grasp of concepts has been enhanced. They’re playing faster. “I’ve seen us make a big jump in the last two days as to where we were over the first week,” Pelini said.

Pelini declined to name anyone specifically, but he said there are certain players who’ve made considerable progress. “There’s some really positive signs going on out there,” he said.

Then again, though, there’s much more to do, according to Pelini.

“That (progress) needs to continue for the remainder of spring practice,” he said.

Other tidbits from Pelini are below…

>> Nebraska will scrimmage on Thursday (Nebraska’s spring break starts after that workout). The scrimmage is the only plan for the entire practice, Pelini said. As game-like as possible, it seems.

>> The safeties (Harvey Jackson, Corey Cooper, Charles Jackson, etc.) have had a productive spring so far, according to Pelini. “I like what I’ve seen from our safeties,” he said. Cooper, specifically, has been playing “very well,” Pelini said.

>> Redshirt freshman defensive end Greg McMullen has been “playing good” in place of redshirt freshman Avery Moss, who’s been sidelined lately (Pelini said Moss could have practiced Wednesday, but will be held out until after spring break).

>> Pelini said he told this to the three true freshmen who enrolled early (David Knevel, Courtney Love and D.J. Singleton): “You have to have realistic expectations for yourself going in. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s a process.”

>> Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo attended practice Wednesday. Check out his Twitter feed for his observations.

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.