The Nebraska Cornhuskers kicked off their first practice for the 2016 Spring Football session on Saturday morning in & around the Hawks Championship Facility.
Zack Darlington is indeed now working at receiver. #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) March 5, 2016
Zach Darlington has changed positions from QB to slot WR. Great athlete, already looks like a good fit there. #Huskers— Mike Welch (@RealMikeWelch) March 5, 2016
One thing I had heard is that, indeed, QB Zack Darlington made the move to WR, in more a slot type of position. While I would take the fact that he "looked natural there" with a big grain of rock salt, it will be interesting to see how he can get on the field there when it was certain he wasn't getting on the field at QB.
Another piece to realize is that with Darlington's concussion history, this could be a risky move. Then again, any position on a Football field is prone to them, so maybe it's not as big as we all think.
Per a couple of reports, Darlington has pushed for this for a while. With the transfer of Tanner Lee to Nebraska, maybe now it made sense to pull this off.
DC Mark Banker is now also coaching the safeties with Stewart focused on the corners. #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) March 5, 2016
With the way that Banker had Safeties rolling down into the box, plus the youth at Cornerback, this doesn't seem on paper to seem to be the worst situation right now.
#Huskers practice notes: O'Brien can sling it. High release point. All the QBs had good and bad throws as usual. Not judging much yet.— Greg Smith (@GregSmithSports) March 5, 2016
For those hoping and praying that POB takes over for Tommy Armstrong right out of the gate, you're gonna be disappointed.
#Huskers practice notes: Derrion Grim is bigger than I expected him to be. Reminds of me of the first time we saw DPE.— Greg Smith (@GregSmithSports) March 5, 2016
Also, Derrion Grim is very, very fast and bigger than I expected. #Huskers— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) March 5, 2016
It will be interesting to see if Grim can get some movement up the depth chart being early into camp.
Brandon Reilly had a very good day in the WR-DB 1-on-1 & 7-on-7 portions. Caught it well, ran sharp routes, pulled down a jump ball #Huskers— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) March 5, 2016
WRs looked real, real good today. Especially Reilly and Morgan.— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) March 5, 2016
However, one has to think that the old guard will have something to say on that and J.D. Spielman.
Spent a lot of time watching @Coach_Parrella work. He is a really technician with a lot of fire. Stance, extension and feet moving.— Mike'l Severe (@MikelSevere) March 5, 2016
On the surface, it does seem that new DL coach John Parrella is hitting the ground running both in coaching and recruiting.
Getting first crack on the top O-line today, from left to right: Gates-Foster-Utter-Thurston-Knevel. #firstday— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) March 5, 2016
The Huskers will be back on the practice fields for workout #2 on Tuesday evening.