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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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Third quarter: Nebraska 38, Minnesota 0

Nebraska is taking care of business against Minnesota in dominating fashion, finally delivering a complete performance against a Big Ten team.

It hasn’t been perfect, but the Huskers are up 38-0 against an improving six-win team. They jumped on Minnesota early and haven’t looked back. Well done.

Nebraska also avoided a third-quarter letdown after an impressive first half, adding on to its lead. Ameer Abdullah lost a fumble on NU’s first drive after halftime, but Daimion Stafford intercepted a pass on the next play.

Junior Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s pick-six toward the end of the third quarter highlights a shutdown afternoon for the Blackshirts, putting the Huskers up 38-0 with 1:12 left.

A few more observations…

>> Nebraska’s used the quick screen passes out to flat with …

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Halftime: Wisconsin 20, Nebraska 10

Nebraska’s offense appears to have finally found its rhythm. But is it too late?

The Huskers drove 93 yards on 12 plays, trimming their deficit in half when Taylor Martinez found Rex Burkhead for a 3-yard score with 3:11 left before halftime. Martinez was 7-for-7 on the possession, throwing for 53 yards. He also had two big runs for 32 combined yards.

Wisconsin tried to answer but missed a field goal just before halftime, its efforts aided by a third down pass interference penalty on Daimion Stafford (a good call because the NU safety never looked for the ball).

Despite the sloppy start, filled with unforced errors and silly mistakes, Nebraska has a chance here. The Huskers seem to have the momentum, at least. The …

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Halftime: Nebraska 28, Southern Miss 17

It’s been a bit sloppy for Nebraska, but the Huskers are holding on to a 28-17 lead. Credit Taylor Martinez and several of his receivers for that.

Martinez has completed 18 of his 23 pass attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns, including a 4-for-5, 71-yard effort on the two-minute-drill TD drive just before halftime. He’s completed a pass to 10 different receivers.

The Southern Miss secondary isn’t making it too difficult on Martinez. And Nebraska’s pass protection has been great so far. But Martinez is doing work himself. He’s as confident as ever.

That’s good news for NU. Without Rex Burkhead and with the defense showing vulnerabilities, Martinez has to win the game for the Huskers in the second half. Should be a good …

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Southern Miss ties it at 14

No blowout today, folks. At least not yet anyway. After Nebraska took a two-touchdown lead, Southern Miss kick returner Tracy Lampley went 100 yards and the Eagles soon tied it with an efficient offensive possession.

It’s 14-14 with 13:09 left before halftime.

The Huskers’ kick coverage unit was spotty at times last year. It gave up a big one Saturday. Lampley turned the momentum with that score, changing the course of a game that NU appeared to have complete control over.

After a missed field goal by Brett Maher, Southern Miss drove 73 yards on 11 plays (eating 4:41 off the clock). The Eagles have found room on the ground (totaling 60 yards so far), but they converted three key third downs through the air …

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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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Spring football: Practice quick hits

A couple quick notes from Monday’s Nebraska football practice, just five days before the spring game. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis spoke to reporters:

>> Papuchis feels most comfortable with his back seven — linebackers and defensive backs — despite those units losing All-Big Ten players Alfonzo Dennard and Lavonte David.

“Daimion Stafford’s made a significant jump,” Papuchis said. “Ciante Evans is doing some good things. Antonio Bell. P.J. Smith. Andrew Green. That first group of secondary guys have made a pretty dramatic jump, in my opinion. And Harvey Jackson’s done a nice job in the dime and also at safety.”

So that’s Green (CB), Bell (CB), Smith (S), Stafford (S), Evans (Nickel) and Jackson (Dime, 3rd S).

Watch for Mo Seisay (CB), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB), …

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