What’s next for the Nebraska football team after the Red-White scrimmage brought spring practice to an end on Saturday?
Certainly not any extended time to rest.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he laid out that he wants a “detailed plan” from his sixth team heading into the 2013 season.
“It’s not going to happen by just doing what we’ve done in the past or just doing what’s required,” Pelini said. “You have to go over and above. That’s the kind of commitment we need on this football team.
“We have older guys and younger guys, and we’re going to need every single one of them. We’re going to need to all come together. That means we’re going to need to have the same level of commitment, accountability and all of the things we talk about embracing as a football team. That’s what we’re working toward.”
Nebraska will go back to the weight room, recovering some of the time that was lost from the winter conditioning program because the Huskers started spring practice so early (March 2). After a short break, the summer program will start in June.
“They’ve talked about what they want to be,” Pelini said. “I told them that it’s not just going to magically happen.”
Senior cornerback Ciante Evans said it’s about making the most of every minute before preseason camp starts in August.
“I just think that leaders on the defense need to continue to remind younger guys that it’s still a long way to the season, but it will be here before you know it,” Evans said.
Some other spring game tidbits:
>> NU tight ends caught 11 passes for 144 yards. Getting three receptions apiece were Jake Long, Sam Cotton and Jared Blum.
>> Nebraska went pass-heavy with Taylor Martinez in his two series with the Red offense. Martinez completed 8 of 10 passes for 105 yards, with a 45-yard scoring strike to fullback C.J. Zimmerer.
Zimmerer on his score: “It was dream come true for me, even if it was just a spring game.”
>> One of the Husker redshirt freshmen making their mark was receiver Alonzo Moore. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Winnfield, La., caught a 37-yard TD pass from Tommy Armstrong and showed some nifty moves on a 22-yard catch and run.
“You see what we saw obviously when we recruited him, and what he’s shown us in spring ball,” NU assistant coach Rich Fisher said.
>> Junior linebacker Trevor Roach led all tacklers, making 10 total stops (five unassisted) for the Red defense. Senior linebacker Colby Starkebaum paced the White with eight tackles.