Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013 AT 7:36 PM / Updated at 7:51 PM
Spring Practice Quick Hits, March 27: Reality checks common for young players
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

The way coach Bo Pelini sees it: Every player has his own hurdles to overcome before coming close to reaching his own potential. And Pelini can spot lots and lots of hurdles surfacing this spring.

But that’s a good thing.

“I think we have some young guys who kind of got hit with the realization of the type of hard work, the type of attention to detail that’s required to have success,” Pelini said. ”
That realization comes in a lot of different ways but it affects guys and I think it allows them to keep growing. That’s what’s happening with our team.”

The Huskers wrapped up their 10th practice of the spring Wednesday evening, another session that earned a positive review from the sixth-year head coach. Pelini said there were a few mental issues Monday (after the 10-day break), but the effort has been satisfactory.

“We’re making progress, like you’d expect this time of year,” he said. “But we’ve got a long way to go, in all phases of the game.”

Other notes from Wednesday’s practice are below…

>> Pelini on quarterback Taylor Martinez: “He is very confident and he’s playing at a very high level. His ball placement’s been phenomenal. He threw couple picks the first or second practice. I don’t think he’s thrown another one since. He’s made some good decisions. He’s running the offense. He’s not forcing the ball.”

>> Martinez said he didn’t take any snaps in the team’s scrimmage before the break (March 14).

>> Pelini typically takes a CEO-type, overseer role before practice (oftentimes he’s not even on the field at that point), but he was out early Wednesday, working closely with the linebackers.

>> Injury update — Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah (knee) is probably healthy enough to practice right now, but still, he won’t suit up for the rest of the spring, Pelini said. … Junior Ciante Evans didn’t practice Wednesday because he got into a “little car accident, a little fender-bender,” Pelini said. Evans is fine, according to Pelini.

>> Senior Jason Ankrah has spent the spring working on letting loose, and not necessarily trying so hard to be perfect. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis likes the results. “When he just plays, without thinking, he’s a ton more productive and we’ve seen evidence of that so far this spring,” Papuchis said. More to come Thursday on Ankrah.

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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.