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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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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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Poised freshman brings explosiveness to return game

No, assistant coach John Papuchis isn’t crazy. He knows how easy it is for an inexperienced punt returner to get overwhelmed by the moment, abandon his technique and create a disastrous scenario.

Ameer Abdullah isn’t the typical freshman, though.

With all eyes on him, Abdullah had an impressive debut fielding punts in Saturday’s 40-7 season-opening win over Tennessee-Chattanooga, credited with five returns for 69 yards (one of those went down in the box score as a 2-yarder, when sophomore Wil Richards accidentally crashed into Abdullah and caused him to fumble after he’d already signaled for a fair catch).

Papuchis was pleased. But then again, he was never worried.

“He doesn’t carry himself like a freshman,” Papuchis said. “He’s very charismatic, very confident. There was never …

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