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Spring Practice Quick Hits: Defense rebounds from a poor Saturday

Every last ear or eye in Nebraska has probably read or heard of NU coach Bo Pelini’s unhappiness with the defense after Saturday’s practice/scrimmage.

The Huskers apparently made some progress Monday.

“We could beat an elementary school, I think, this time,” defensive coordinator John Papuchis quipped. After all, Pelini wasn’t so sure Saturday.

Papuchis did see his young defense rebound after a day off Sunday, returning “with a great attitude.” On Saturday, Papuchis said, as many as nine freshmen or sophomores were working with the No. 1 defense.

“That’s a great situation to be in to a certain extent — and also a challenging one,” Papuchis said. “The upside is, I think, they’re all talented players. Athletically, this is the fastest group we’ve had since …

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Spring Practice: Ameer Abdullah sustains knee injury

The way Nebraska’s top running back reacted to it on Saturday, coach Bo Pelini thought Ameer Abdullah might have sustained a serious injury. So did defensive coordinator John Papuchis.

“It spooked me,” he said. ” He’s a leader. You could feel a little bit of the air come out of the building when that happened. That’s an extremely unique situation.”

But after doctors looked at it, Abdullah merely “tweaked” his knee to a lesser degree than Rex Burkhead (on several occasions) did last year. Abdullah — whom Pelini said “fell wrong” in Saturday’s scrimmage — could return before the end of spring practice, Pelini said, but his tone indicated there wasn’t much need for the junior to do so.

“Let’s face it: Ameer didn’t need …

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