Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AT 6:45 PM / Updated at 8:15 PM
Practice report Aug. 28: RB Taylor to redshirt
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Adam Taylor requested to redshirt this fall to focus on his development as a player, but running backs coach Ron Brown said the staff will continue to prepare the 210-pound freshman, just in case.

“He’s good enough to play, there’s no question about it,” Brown said. “He’s a talented dude.”

Brown said Taylor will continue to take practice reps with the main offense (not the scout team). Again, just in case. The Huskers have sophomore Imani Cross and true freshman Terrell Newby backing up starter Ameer Abdullah. Brown also mentioned walk-on King Frazier as a guy who could help out as well.

And Taylor was right in that mix, according to Brown. He’s a hard worker on the field and he’s committed to getting better outside of practice, too, Brown said. “A no-nonsense kind of guy.”

But after speaking with Taylor and his family, the coaches decided with them to redshirt the Katy, Texas, product.

“I told him, that if anything happens, we may need him during the course of the year,” Brown said. “He’ll be getting reps every day in practice. He’ll be ready to go.”

Some other notes and tidbits from Wednesday’s practice are below. Enjoy. Full report coming tomorrow…

>> There were seven defensive players wearing Blackshirts. All leaders. Defensive backs Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Corey Cooper and Josh Mitchell; linebacker David Santos; and defensive linemen Thad Randle and Jason Ankrah. Read more on those tradition-rich practice jerseys here.

>> It’s going to be scorching hot during Saturday’s opener. (Nebraska’s urging fans to be aware of the weather conditions, by the way). Because of the high temperatures, Husker coaches Rich Fisher (receivers) and Terry Joseph (defensive backs) both said they’ll rotate more frequently than they normally would. The plan is to make sure the reserves are ready to go at any moment.

>> Jamal Turner is the top punt returner at this point, according to Brown, who oversees that aspect of the special teams game. Also in mix: Newby, Abdullah and Jordan Westerkamp.

>> This could change, Brown indicated, but Nebraska’s top kick returners are junior Kenny Bell and Newby. Abdullah and Turner have a chance. And also the 225-pound Quincy Enunwa. “He’s a good runner,” Brown said. “He’s a beast. He’s a load. And he’s more athletic than people think.

>> Sophomore Andy Janovich and senior C.J. Zimmerer are “pretty interchangeable,” Brown said. There’s even a chance to give Cross some snaps at that spot, too, according to Brown. Depends on the situation and the fullbacks’ role in the game plan.

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