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Practice report: Camp ends, LB Newby cleared, scholarships awarded

The next time the Huskers step on to the practice field it officially will be game week. Still lots to sort out until then, though.

Coach Bo Pelini chatted Saturday about a few position battles (kicker, backup quarterback, special teams units) but insisted once again that the coaching staff will allow those — and plenty other — competitions to extend into the season. Pelini said they haven’t talked about redshirting plans for true freshmen yet, either.

“I liked our camp,” he said. “I thought we got a lot done, a lot accomplished. Now it’s time to put it to the test.”

Quick notes from the final day of preseason camp are below …

>> Freshman linebacker Marcus Newby has cleared the NCAA’s initial eligibility requirements …

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Practice report: Nebraska completes Day Two of camp

It was just coach Bo Pelini who chatted with reporters about Tuesday’s practice, the second of training camp for Nebraska’s football team. But he covered lots of topics.

Pelini said he’s been pleased with the team’s level of enthusiasm and execution two days in. It’s helmets-only, but the players are “hungry” and working with a “business-like” mentality, Pelini said. Of course, there’s lots to do still.

A few notes are below…

>> Pelini offered a few updates on three true freshman scholarship guys who didn’t practice Tuesday. Maliek Collins missed Tuesday because of a personal issue, but he’ll return Wednesday. Dimarya Mixon and Marcus Newby are “still working through some eligibility things,” Pelini said. And there’s no timetable yet on any change to their status, …

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Spring football: Practice quick hits, March 6

Coach Bo Pelini said leaders will emerge on this defense. He has no doubt about that. But he made a point Wednesday to remind some of the new example-setters that they’re be relied on (now!) to take over the unit.

There are no games to look forward to during spring ball. Only the next practice. And with a young group defensively (eight starters are gone) mistakes are common and adversity is inevitable.

Here’s Pelini’s message: “When it gets difficult, that’s where the leadership’s got to step up. That’s where they’ve got to show the enthusiasm, bring the young guys along — when a guy makes a mistake and somebody’s frustrated, somebody’s got to help him through that. That’s all part of the process.”

And it’s …

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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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Big Red Breakfast: Forget Iowa’s record, Marrow expects ‘competitive’ game

Iowa’s lost five straight contests and has struggled to keep games close against some of the Big Ten’s better teams. But the Hawkeyes will give Nebraska their best effort Friday.

That’s what NU graduate assistant Vince Marrow expects anyway.

A typical rivalry matchup. Throw the records out the window, Marrow told a crowd of about 250 Husker fans at the Big Red Breakfast. Forget that the Hawkeyes have been outscored by an average of 20 points in their three conference games against teams with winning league records.

“They’re going to be amped to play,” Marrow said. “It’s going to be a very difficult road game. It’s going to be very competitive.”

Why? Marrow’s spent most of his time this week studying the Iowa defense. Here’s …

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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-Michigan: Bo’s Thursday Update

Short and sweet meeting with the media after practice for head coach Bo Pelini. The particulars:

>> Tight end Ben Cotton and left guard Andrew Rodriguez are out for Saturday. They’ll be replaced by Jake Long and Seung Hoon Choi, respectively.

>> Guard Brent Qvale will make the travel roster and serve as NU’s third guard in the rotation.

>> Defensive tackle Chase Rome — who played injured vs. Penn State — practiced this week and is closer to full strength.

>> Safety and former Millard South product Bronson Marsh emulated Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in practice this week — although Pelini conceded Robinson is a hard guy to perfectly emulate.…

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Pigskin Pulse, Oct. 21

In 1983, Nebraska beat Minnesota by a score of 84-13 (the worst defeat in Gopher football history). The Huskers’ second- and third-teammers were playing by the second quarter, but they got so tired that the starters had to return.

Here’s a lengthy recap, featuring comments from legendary NU coach Tom Osborne. There are some highlights of the game on YouTube.

Minnesota, which finished the ’82 season losing eight straight games, decided to use a blitz-heavy defensive strategy in an attempt to slow down Nebraska’s lethal offensive attack. Bad idea.

This is what Osborne told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “When you blitz an option team, you’re playing Russian roulette. If you happen to guess right and send your people in the right area, you

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