There is no actual media availability for Nebraska Cornhuskers practice today, however there was some good coverage of today’s happenings.
The Big Ten Network is in Lincoln for their annual Preseason Tour of all 14 teams in the conference. Coming from Iowa City yesterday, the team of Dave Revsine, Tom Dienhart, Gerry DiNardo and crew got to observe the Huskers practice today, which started at noon.
Dienhart was already behind the eight ball before practice started.
Stopped @scooterscoffee in the Haymarket. Next stop is to watch @HuskerFBNation. Eager to see D-line and O-line. pic.twitter.com/uDAPhoKFrj— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2016
I’m not here to diss Scooters, as they are decent. However, you’re two blocks from The Mill? I can just hear the disappointment in David McGee’s voice over this one.
Looks like Revsine stepped in as things were starting on the practice fields.
Greetings from Lincoln - stop #9 for us as we check in on the Huskers pic.twitter.com/WbIB13C29x— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 18, 2016
Stretching is important! Most teams across College Football would tell you this, but it’s a big deal in Lincoln too.
Stretching out to start the day with @HuskerFBNation is a major . pic.twitter.com/HDFVcALz3h— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
Interesting statement from Brian Stewart to Dienhart here:
Brian Stewart likes his CBs. He says Josh Kalu is best vs. run; Chris Jones is best vs. pass for @HuskerFBNation. pic.twitter.com/Mck6pxnHuD— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2016
I wonder if this is the way that Stewart will get Lamar Jackson on the field at Corner in obvious passing downs.
Revsine with a tweet of what I would think are our first team DL out of the gate:
Interested to see how the DL stacks up - biggest area of concern. Maurice and Stoltenberg lined up at DT, flanked by Akinmoladun, Dzuris— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 18, 2016
My obvious wonder is how much rotation would be in that line and who are 2nd teamers? Would that be the Davis twins? Peyton Newell? DaiShon Neal and Alex Davis at Defensive End?
The best WR corps in the Big Ten? It may be Jordan Westerkamp and his @HuskerFBNation buddies. pic.twitter.com/srPGV7EJyH— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2016
Westerkamp is sitting out with more groin issues, although they are being labeled as “precautionary”.
Tribute to #27 Sam Foltz - his initials on the 27 yard line as punters get loose. His presence definitely felt here pic.twitter.com/DdDJTfoq2G— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 18, 2016
I am really hoping that this is done to the Memorial Stadium field this season, to hell with what the NCAA and Big Ten Conference would say.
Nice , @ccarter_11 pic.twitter.com/Y4P3kUk57n— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
Will be interesting to see how Nebraska utilizes TE. Cethan Carter can be a real match-up issue pic.twitter.com/X8l3BZtUDS— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 18, 2016
Cethan Carter is back at practice after sitting out with a concussion. Good to see. That being said, did Revsine not watch anything in the last month to see how Carter will be used?
There is no shortage of good, veteran RBs for @HuskerFBNation. But true frosh Tre Bryant still may push for time. pic.twitter.com/lsf7xvlre1— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2016
I know there’s a lot of Running Backs in the fold, but I still think we’re going to see a lot of Tre Bryant out there, no matter what Terrell Newby, Devine Ozigbo or Mikale Wilbon does.
.@Tommy_Gun4 threading one in near the sideline pic.twitter.com/IuV6IDnV4c— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
Less YOLO please by Tommy. And more time by Mike Riley with Ryker Fyfe too while we’re at it.
Mentioned yesterday you can learn a lot by seeing where HC spends most of his time. For Mike Riley, it's the pass gm pic.twitter.com/zGX66yIV4F— Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 18, 2016
Watch Stanley Morgan go right by DiCaprio Bootle right here.
Good luck covering @Thekidstan this year if you're playing @HuskerFBNation pic.twitter.com/DVbOKDlM3K— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
It doesn’t look like Michael Rose-Ivey made it back out there today, or else Dienhart didn’t care to look for him.
Dedrick Young and Josh Banderas are anchors of a nice @HuskerFBNation LB unit. pic.twitter.com/AgLKQnJMyz— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2016
More passing brought you a Alonzo Moore short side TD.
That's 6 for @alonzomoore0765 and the @HuskerFBNation offense pic.twitter.com/dwScM8eV8H— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
I always forget how tall David Knevel is, but here is Tom reminding you that 6’9 is freaking nice and tall.
Dylan Utter, Nick Gates and David Knevel are the foundation for a strong @HuskerFBNation offensive line. pic.twitter.com/bNBzbK1T6b— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 18, 2016
After practice, Dienhart had his #hot #takes on his observations of Nebraska’s practice, which included:
1. This will be one of the top corps of wideouts in the Big Ten. Indiana, Michigan and Penn State have nice receiver units. And the Huskers’ could be as good, if not better. Alonzo Moore, Jordan Westerkamp, Brandon Reilly and Stanley Morgan are key vets. And De’Mornay Pierson-El is back from injury and looks dynamic once again. He’s a playmaker, a difference-maker. And Cethan Carter is a veteran tight end. QB Tommy Armstrong needs to get these guys the ball … often. But NU must also stay true to its ground game.
2. This should be a strong group of linebackers. The group is led by seniors Josh Banderas and Michael Rose-Ivey. And sophomore Dedrick Young looks like he could be a star. This is an athletic group that showed it can cover a lot of ground. And the linebackers may have to play a big role as the defensive develops.
3. The d-line looks like a work in progress. New line coach John Parrella is doing his part. The guy is an enthusiastic coach who oozes passion, a former Husker who loves this school. But he has some big holes to fill, especially at tackle. Kevin Maurice and Mick Stoltenberg need to play well. And keep an eye on redshirt freshmen twins Khalil and Carlos Davis. And who will rush the passer? Freedom Akinmoladun has some fast-twitch. Ross Dzuris ran with the first-team today. Stay tuned.
4. Tommy Armstrong is what he is at this point of his career. He never is going to be an elite passer and he’s going to commit turnovers, but he has good arm strength, lots of experience and the ability to make something out of nothing. No Big Ten quarterback is as explosive or deadly as Armstrong, who could be poised for a big senior season—especially if he limits his mistakes and makes good decisions in the pocket. He looked good today.
5. The offensive line has potential. Left tackle Nick Gates is the real deal who is the anchor up front. He is next to guard Jerald Foster, who was limited today. Senior Dylan Utter calls the shots at center and may be one of the Big Ten’s best. And the right side is manned by powerful Tanner Farmer at guard and David Knevel at tackle, a 6-9 giant. This group needs to get a push for a nice collection of running backs.
Here was Tommy on BTN Live just now:
FACT: @Huskers QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. has 7,999 yards, the sixth most among active FBS players. He joins @BTNLive! https://t.co/EQqWTnezWQ— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
Mike Riley talk on BTN Live:
"He brought joy every day out on this field" - @Huskers coach Mike Riley on Sam Foltz. Riley joins our @BTNLive set. https://t.co/BvhsEsplSH— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
And more from BTN Live:
What are the three best things @BTNDaveRevsine, @HowardGriffith & @GerryDinardo saw at @Huskers practice? Find out! https://t.co/65jbXwRtqT— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016
And still more!
Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker talks about the #Blackshirt defense with our @BTNLive guys! https://t.co/B8ZM6diSxC— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) August 18, 2016