Published Monday, August 26, 2013 AT 7:44 PM / Updated at 8:47 PM
Practice Report Aug. 26: Huskers laud strong practice, Kaz talks DL, Els talks recruiting
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Quick hits from Nebraska’s Monday practice, which coincided with the start of the academic school year at UNL:

>>Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said the first day of school can be so hectic that some teams don’t even bother practicing on it.

NU always has, and Beck liked what he saw this Monday.

“Actually, it might be one of the better ‘first day of school practices’ I have ever been a part of,” Beck said. “It was great. I liked our tempo, I liked our focus.”

Said wide receiver Kenny Bell: “Today was awesome. We had a great day today. Offense, we had a high tempo. We executed. We came in, got our work done. I think everyone’s feeling pretty good about it. Especially with school starting.”

>>The Huskers started prepping for Wyoming during the middle of last week. Beck said the Cowboys “play hard” and are installing a 3-4 defense and may alternate between a 4-3 and 3-4. Beck said he’s not sure what NU will see, much like last year’s Southern Mississippi game. Nebraska scored 49 points in that contest.

>>Bell, NU’s top returning wide receiver, talked for first time since spring ball, spending roughly 20 minutes with varying packs of reporters. He’s kept the 1,000-yard season goal for 2013, which he views as “doable.”

“It’s really important to have a goal,” Bell said. “I’m not really talking about football. I’m talking life. If you don’t set goals for yourself, what are you doing, you know?”

But Bell also spent plenty of time touting senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa.

“Quincy’s always been a great receiver,” Bell said. “He just hasn’t received the spotlight that I have, because of the numbers. And I don’t mean that in a cocky way. I just mean that Quincy hasn’t had the big plays that he deserves. But I think people are going to be genuinely surprised at how good of a receiver he is. When he graduates, we’re really gonna miss him.”

Beck said Enunwa “had a great fall camp” and is “cutting it loose.”

“I thought the other guys had good fall camps, but there was something about Quincy this year in fall camp that really stuck out,” Beck said. “His confidence has grown. He’s making plays.”

>>Defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski was asked several times about the rotation at defensive tackle and defensive end. He demurred on most of it, although senior Jason Ankrah, sophomore Randy Gregory and redshirt freshmen Avery Moss and Greg McMullen are the top four players at end. Overall, Kaczenski said, the Huskers will play eight-to-ten guys Saturday.

>>An extra home game allows Nebraska more flexibility in setting up recruiting official visits “to move some things around and spread some things out,” recruiting coordinator Ross Els said.

“If you have two guys coming in at the same position, you can say ‘let’s bring them in different weekends’ because they have some options,” Els said.

Els added that it’s getting harder and harder to pin down players for exact dates on official visits because of full high school schedules.

“With the schedules these kids have, their time demands are pretty big,” Els said. “When they’re able to come in, they’re able to come in. So we leave it up to them. We want them in as early as we can, but we also have eight home games. It’s not a ‘hey, you must come to the Wyoming game type of deal.’

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