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Practice report Aug. 27: Defense’s top unit taking shape

This could (and probably will) change by next week, but defensive coordinator John Papuchis provided a detailed update of the Huskers’ starting lineup after practice Tuesday.

We won’t waste time. Here’s the good stuff, courtesy of Papuchis…

>> Defensive end Jason Ankrah and defensive tackle Thad Randle are starters (you knew that). Redshirt freshman Avery Moss and sophomore Randy Gregory are still battling out for the other top D-end job. And if the game were today, Papuchis said, the fourth lineman would be redshirt freshman Vincent Valentine — who’s apparently better conditioned (what used to be his biggest obstacle).

>> Sophomore David Santos is settled in as the top middle linebacker in the nickel and dime formations. Junior Zaire Anderson, freshman Nathan Gerry and senior …

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Spring Practice Quick Hits, March 30: NU’s productive week ends with scrimmage

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini seemed pretty upbeat after watching a competitive scrimmage Saturday, which he said ended a week of practice without any significant setbacks or letdowns for the Huskers.

Pelini said they went for more than 100 plays and seemed to carry an energetic approach throughout.

“I like the way first and foremost how our guys competed, flew around and hit,” Pelini said. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and passion out there on the field. It was fun to watch.”

Clearly, there’s been some progress, Pelini said. He mentioned that he thinks the group, as a whole, is growing up. More players are making a commitment to the little things.

Said Pelini: “You can want to do have success as a football player, …

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Spring Practice Quick Hits: Pelini says defense showing ‘positive signs’

It’s only been two days since that debacle of a practice Saturday, so it appears that coach Bo Pelini’s not making any concrete conclusions just yet. But…

Pelini said Nebraska’s defense “made some significant progress” during practice sessions on Monday and Wednesday. Better practice habits. More attention to detail. Guys’ grasp of concepts has been enhanced. They’re playing faster. “I’ve seen us make a big jump in the last two days as to where we were over the first week,” Pelini said.

Pelini declined to name anyone specifically, but he said there are certain players who’ve made considerable progress. “There’s some really positive signs going on out there,” he said.

Then again, though, there’s much more to do, according to Pelini.

“That (progress) needs to …

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Pelini on defensive scheme: ‘We’re not dialing back at all’

Coach Bo Pelini said he’s not changing the fundamental principles that make up his defensive system. No surprise there. But are subtle alterations coming?

Pelini, speaking on “Sports Nightly” on the Husker Sports Network Wednesday night, made a point to say that his scheme is “multiple” yet “simple,” indicating that no plans for a complete overhaul are needed.

But last season, he thought that too often his players “were trying to be so perfect” that it hindered their playmaking ability. Pelini characterized that approach as “one of the worst things we did” on the defensive side of the ball.

So, it’s teaching the system without overwhelming the young players or compromising their instinctual nature — that seems to be the NU coaching staff’s primary defensive objective …

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Nebraska-Michigan State pregame notes

The Huskers have finished their pregame warmup routine here on a gray and chilly Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

A venue that seats 75,005 is still filling up, though there are expected to be some barren bleacher pockets. We’ll see how many Husker fans show up. The Nebraska marching band is here, crammed into the northeast corner of the field (the sidelines here are quite small).

A few noteworthy items and observations as we approach kickoff…

>> Senior Rex Burkhead is not suited up.

>> Sophomore Ameer Abdullah is dressed, however — and he looked fine going through warmups, despite rumors suggesting otherwise. Abdullah, Jamal Turner, Tim Marlowe and Braylon Heard were catching punts for several minutes. Heard looks like he’s moving well, too.

>> …

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NU in control after three quarters

Nebraska’s extended its lead and seized control of the opener, which appeared to be a little too close for comfort at times during the first half.

The Huskers have been sharp and efficient after halftime, on both sides of the ball, really.

Southern Miss moved the ball a bit, but had nothing to show for it. The Eagles’ first possession ended on a botched handoff. NU’s defensive guys seem to be getting a little more comfortable.

Other than a quick three-and-out to start the half, Nebraska’s offense moved the football effectively again. Much of the production came through the air, again. Kyler Reed’s touchdown capped a seven-play drive, and Braylon Heard’s 10-yard run up the middle highlighted a six-play possession.

It’s 49-20 now, with 7:47 …

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Nebraska depth chart released

Sit down and grab hold of something because you’ll never believe this: We have a depth chart for Husker football.

Easy now. Just breathe.

The depth chart is here (courtesy of Huskers.com).

All kidding aside, coach Bo Pelini’s not too fond of revealing the latest individual rankings within each and every position battle (aka: releasing a depth chart). He doesn’t want anything hinting that there might be some finality to a particular lineup. The competitions will never cease, he says.

But with the opener a day away, the NU coaches have willingly provided us with a glimpse into their minds. No real surprises, but I have a few observations. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

>> Taylor Martinez’s top backup at QB? It’s a …

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Practice report: Pelini says Westerkamp could help NU, but…

True freshman receiver Jordan Westerkamp has emerged as a potential contributor for Nebraska during his short time with the Huskers. But it may not be in his best interest to play this fall, NU coach Bo Pelini said Thursday.

Pelini stressed that no decision has been made on the status of Westerkamp, a 5-foot-10, 200-pounder who’s earned praise this month for his reliability as a pass-catcher.

The dilemma, according to Pelini: “Sometimes you have to play a guy out of necessity. Other times you have a guy who, you look at and say, ‘Yeah, he could play now, but how much would he benefit down the line?’ What you don’t want to do is end up after four years, both as a coach and a …

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B1G Media Days: Bo talks Taylor Martinez, assistants, defense

Here’s some of the broad topics covered in the first hour.

>> Pelini touted new assistant coaches Rick Kaczenski and Terry Joseph as low-ego, no-nonsense, high-energy fits for his coaching staff. Both are “outside-the-box” thinkers whose coaching techniques Pelini has followed for several years.

“He really fit into how we play,” Pelini said Kaczenski. “But at the same time, I’m always picking his brain about different ways to do things.”

Joseph, meanwhile, is a “global thinker,” “the total package” and “as good there is,” Pelini said, and destined for a defensive coordinator job somewhere.

“And I don’t say that about a lot of people,” he said.

>> Bo hasn’t talked to brother Carl Pelini — Florida Atlantic’s new head coach — in “a couple months.”…

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B1G Media Days: Pelini talks team health, personnel decisions, Martinez

The four Nebraska defensive tackles who missed spring practice have been participating in workouts all summer long and will be fine when camp starts, coach Bo Pelini said Thursday.

Injuries kept sophomore Chase Rome, junior Thad Randle, redshirt freshman Kevin Williams and redshirt freshman Todd Peat from practicing in the spring. But they’re healthy now, Pelini said.

Same goes for sophomore offensive guard Jake Cotton, according to Pelini. “We’re a healthy football team,” Pelini said.

A few other newsworthy nuggets from a 20-minute interview with Pelini are below…

>> Sophomore Braylon Heard is a running back again, but he’ll continue to have a role on the defense. If the workload does get too heavy, Pelini said the staff would first decrease Heard’s defensive responsibilities.

>> …

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