It was just coach Bo Pelini who chatted with reporters about Tuesday’s practice, the second of training camp for Nebraska’s football team. But he covered lots of topics.
Pelini said he’s been pleased with the team’s level of enthusiasm and execution two days in. It’s helmets-only, but the players are “hungry” and working with a “business-like” mentality, Pelini said. Of course, there’s lots to do still.
A few notes are below…
>> Pelini offered a few updates on three true freshman scholarship guys who didn’t practice Tuesday. Maliek Collins missed Tuesday because of a personal issue, but he’ll return Wednesday. Dimarya Mixon and Marcus Newby are “still working through some eligibility things,” Pelini said. And there’s no timetable yet on any change to their status, he said.
>> A couple injury notes: Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong (knee) underwent minor surgery last week as part of a standard procedure that dates back to a previous injury, Pelini said. Armstrong’s not “full-go” yet, but Pelini expects him to return soon. … Tight end Jake Long (undisclosed) is out for two weeks. True freshman quarterback Johnny Stanton (knee) is healthy. So is senior defensive tackle Thad Randle (knee). Said Pelini on Randle: “First time he’s been pain-free in over a year.”
>> Good attitude and lots of potential so far from junior college transfer Randy Gregory, Pelini said. The defensive end weighed in at 255 pounds. “He showed up in shape,” Pelini said. “He hasn’t struggled at all as far as his conditioning’s concerned.”
>> Pelini talked special teams a bit. The kicking battle between Mauro Bondi and walk-on transfer Pat Smith has been “pretty even” so far. “We have two good kickers from what I’ve seen these first couple days,” Pelini said. … Here’s what Pelini had to say about punter Sam Foltz, who’s no longer working at receiver: “I think Foltz has a chance to be a big-time punter. His leg strength, the hang-time he gets on punts … Foltz gives us something maybe we quite haven’t had in the past.” … And true freshman long snapper Gabe Miller? “You don’t see any hitch in his snaps,” Pelini said. Miller’s still learning protection schemes, but Pelini indicated that’s expected.
>> Classic Pelini response when asked about his level of confidence in his young defense. “You guys are the ones that are concerned about the defense, not me. We’ll be just fine.”
Check out a photo showcase from Tuesday’s practice, and see video below:
See what coach Bo Pelini had to say after practice: