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Rapid Reaction: NU a ‘completely different’ unit, Chinander says

August 6, 2018

Count defensive coordinator Erik Chinander among those impressed with the retention of a new system on that side of the ball by Nebraska’s players.

Really impressed.

“To be honest with you, we look like a completely different unit on both sides, I think, than we did in the spring. I think it’s knowledge of the system, it’s knowing how Coach Frost wants them to practice, and probably more competition out there than in the spring,” Chinander said Monday morning. “It’s very surprising. I didn’t know what we were going to get into. I didn’t know if it was going to be a deal where they were going to take the summer off and chill, but that’s not been the attitude around here and that’s been great to see.”

Older players mentoring young players and new players adding competition have all played a role in that development, Chinander said, as has the willingness of players to buy into helping each other.

“We’ve grown in the leadership, but we’ve also grown in the followership. It’s not anymore like, ‘F-U, I ain’t listening to you’,” Chinander said. “Now it’s ‘oh, somebody told me something, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, that’s my teammate, I’m going to do it that way.’”

Here are a few other quick hits from Monday, after the fourth practice of fall camp:

*Lamar Jackson and Dicaprio Bootle were both very complimentary of freshman Cam Taylor.

Taylor, a quarterback in high school, is making the transition to Power 5 corner, and apparently is catching on quickly. Both Jackson and Bootle described Taylor as “mean”.

*Freshman running back Maurice Washington has already begun to make a name for himself just days after arriving on campus.

Asked about offensive players who have stood out early in camp, linebacker Will Honas immediately cited Washington, saying his speed and elusiveness was “eye-popping”.

*Special teams coach Jovan Dewitt said its still far too early to declare a leader in the race for the starting kicker spot. Both Barret Pickerng and Cole Frahm are competing to replace the graduate Drew Brown.

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