Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AT 7:13 PM / Updated at 7:13 PM
Practice report, Oct. 9: Still some mystery at safety
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska assistant coach Terry Joseph wasn’t ready Wednesday to make any mid-week announcement as far as which direction the Huskers go at safety.

Other than Corey Cooper making his sixth straight start against Purdue.

“Coop will be one of them … ,” Joseph said.

And …

“And we’ll keep working,” Joseph added.

Senior Andrew Green started against Illinois, but redshirt freshman LeRoy Alexander lined up with Cooper when Green was moved down to the dime position. It was the most extensive playing time this season for Alexander, and Joseph said he “flashed at times” but remains inexperienced.

“He’s earned an opportunity to show what he can do,” Joseph said.

Joseph said Green tackled better in the Illinois game and took some strides last week. He also said that Harvey Jackson has had some good practices and the staff will keep working to bring along Charles Jackson.

Some other Wednesday practice items:

>> NU defensive coordinator John Papuchis said Zaire Anderson has been practicing all week, but how much he plays is still yet to be determined after the junior missed the Illinois game with a bone bruise.

Will that mean a second straight start for redshirt freshman Michael Rose at weakside linebacker?

“It’s a little too soon to say,” Papuchis said. “But right now he’s taking a lot of reps (with the No. 1s).”

>> The Husker defense is a little short on knowledge of Purdue quarterback Danny Etling, the freshman who will make his first career start Saturday when the Huskers visit Ross-Ade Stadium. Papuchis said the NU staff has gone through and watched the minimal amount of snaps that he already has taken this season for the Boilermakers.

“We’re just kind of trying to get a feel for who he is and what he’s about,” Papuchis said.

>> Papuchis said NU is going to give Etling “a lot of different looks” when asked if the Huskers might be inclined to dial up pressure on a first-time starter.

“Our pressures are probably going to be dictated a little bit by how they’re trying to attack us,” he said. “But we’ll give him enough multiple looks so that his first start won’t be easy.”

>> NU senior quarterback Taylor Martinez (turf toe) remains in a walking boot on his left foot.

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