Published Monday, September 2, 2013 AT 8:35 PM / Updated at 11:36 PM
Practice Report, Sept. 2: Garrison wants more from OL
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Quick hits from Monday’s practice where, from now on, offensive players and assistants will be primarily be available after practice. Nebraska’s moving to a system where defensive players and assistants will be available on Tuesdays after practice.

>> What frustrated offensive coordinator Tim Beck about the Huskers’ offensive performance Saturday was its inconsistency from play to play. Beck could call the same play within the same series and get different results. Beck wants the whole unit to focus more on “being great.”

“It was good for them to see the mistakes they made and the corrections we’ve got to make from them,” Beck said.

>> The offensive line struggled at times to finish blocks, offensive line coach John Garrison said. He didn’t see the leg drive at the end of plays. He saw his linemen just leaning on Cowboy players, which allowed some of the to slip off. That’s not what he’s looking for, and hence “the film room was very quiet on Monday when NU reviewed its film.

“You feel like a guy’s blocked, and your leg drive and stops moving,” Garrison said. “You’ve got to keep your feet moving. I just saw a lot of guys just stopped their legs. Not finishing their blocks. That was a little disheartening.”

Garrison said last Wednesday’s practice wasn’t great, and featured some of these same errors. They carried over to the game.

“At times it was really good and at times it was not so good,” Garrison said. “We’re talking about how good we want to be. Talk’s talk. It’s time start executing and be a consistent group. Because that’s who we can be.”

>> On the positive front, Mike Moudy’s made a move at guard and played 20 snaps in Saturday’s game. Garrison said Moudy’s lost weight and gets out of the blocks faster. Moudy said he spent more time in the film room and playbook to reach his potential.

>> Southern Mississippi’s defense is aggressive and “very different” from Wyoming’s defense.

“They run around and make plays,” Beck said. USM primarily uses a four-man front but has the flexibility to use just three men on the front, as well.

>> Running back Terrell Newby had a strong day, said Beck, who entrusts running backs coach Ron Brown to decide how the back rotation works.

“I don’t micromanage them,” Beck said of his assistants. “I wanted Terrell in the game because of his speed. I wanted some fresh legs in the game. And he brought us that.”

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