Rapid Reaction: NU defense turning heads, walk-on RB continues to impress, QBs abducted by aliens

April 2, 2019

The Nebraska football team wrapped up another spring practice Monday at Hawks Championship Center.

Offensive assistants and players were made available Monday, but a common theme in post-practice availability was the play of the defense.

Running backs coach Ryan Held said the defensive line is playing noticeably better. They’re pushing up front and playing tougher on the edges. Held pointed out Darrion and Damion Daniels.

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters also praised the Blackshirts.

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“I’ll give it up to the defense,” he said. “They’re making us work. They’re bringing it up every day. If we don’t bring our ‘A’ game, they’re embarrassing us.”

Some other quick hits from Monday:

* Walters said the defense shined during the first half of Monday’s practice. The second half, Walters added, the offense did some good things.

* Walters said the offensive install is complete and it’s matter of being precise, detailed and finishing.

“Now it’s the point in spring where it’s kind of hump day, hump period,” Walters said. “You’re halfway through. We got to see guys fight through, see guys have a sense of urgency out there on that field.”

* Walters was the latest to bring up the name Brody Belt as someone who is impressing in the running backs room.

“He’s doing an awesome job, not only as a running back, but also as a receiver,” Walters said of the Millard West graduate and redshirt freshman. “We get him matched up against linebackers, he’s going to win that most of the time.”

* Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said his quarterbacks were abducted by aliens on Saturday. Noah Vedral expanded on that, saying Saturday was not a good day for the quarterbacks.

* Walters said redshirt freshman wideout Andre Hunt has taken some big steps this spring. He his gaining more grasp of the playbook.

* Walters said redshirt freshman Cam Jurgens is looking good in spring. Despite adding much more weight, Jurgens continues to maintain his quickness and athleticism, Walters added.

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