It’s practice number 1 of the 2017 Nebraska football season. While Nebraska will probably not work out much on Sundays, it was the first day for everyone this coming season.
Nebraska football is BACK. pic.twitter.com/qp0tiBJ0QW— Omaha Sports Insider (@OSIsports) July 30, 2017
The Huskers worked just over 2 hours in helmets only per NCAA rules, which dictates that there be a 2 workout acclimation period before pads are donned.
After practice, Mike Riley spoke to the media hordes that were there to not only report, but also to watch things go down.
Josh Kalu was at safety today. Eric Lee at corner. Riley says they're hesitant to move to Kalu from safety right now.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) July 30, 2017
Without Jones, Eric Lee Jr. and Dicaprio Bootle split snaps opposite Lamar Jackson with No. 1 defense. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) July 30, 2017
I dig keeping Kalu at safety, you have to find out what guys like Eric Lee, who’s been in the program for a while, has to offer. Also, I’m betting that the Cobcast guys will love seeing Bootle in there.
Riley says he was impressed with the RBs. Says they all look like they are in the best shape of their lives. #Huskers— Jake Bockoven (@jakebockoven) July 30, 2017
Mike Riley said NU running backs are prepared at "probably the highest level of their lives." Ozigbo-Bryant-Wilbon crisp. Good weights too.— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) July 30, 2017
Actually, Mike Riley did mention one true freshman today: Running back Jaylin Bradley. Said he had some glimpses of him, was impressed.— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) July 30, 2017
It’s going to be interesting to see if Riley and Reggie Davis use a guy like Jaylin Bradley this season. Numbers may suggest that has to happen, depending on health issues.
Pierson-El was not at camp today. Was at his sister's wedding. #Huskers— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) July 30, 2017
In before all the message board hero fodder kicks in.
1) Freshman WR Tyjon Lindsey looked really good. Smooth catching punts and passes and running. He'll be tough to keep off the field.— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) July 30, 2017
Riley said some true freshmen will indeed play but reserved comment when asked about names. I'd keep an eye on WR Tyjon Lindsey, for one.— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) July 30, 2017
Nebraska could really use Tyjon’s presence immediately in this offense to help out. Now, he’s not going to be as advanced as say Jaevon McQuitty, who spent the Spring working out as a early enrollee. However, he’s good enough to be on the field and make some plays.
For those wondering about offensive line rotation, here you go.
Cole Conrad gets first crack with top O-line unit at center. Gates-Foster-Conrad-Farmer-Knevel get the opening look up front.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) July 30, 2017
I’m down seeing what Tanner Farmer can do at RG. But I also think Michael Decker may be the better choice at center. That’s purely my opinion though, yours may differ.
Guys who impressed me today:— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) July 30, 2017
Tyjon Lindsey, Mikale Wilbon, Eric Lee, Bryan Reimers. #huskers
Good to see Mikale Wilbon and Bryan Reimers get named. Reimers was sneaky efficient last year in games. Also, it’s good that Wilbon is off the milk carton for the first part of camp at least.
Tanner Lee looked sharp as well. That's sort of a given at this point. If he has a bad day at practice you'll hear about it.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) July 30, 2017
Chris is right. the second Tanner has a rough day, especially in a scrimmage, everyone will wonder if Patrick O’Brien has his ducks in a row and ready to go.
While we don’t have a schedule of practices yet, I would bet that the next -post-practice media availability will be on Tuesday. I would also bet that it will be the first time we hear from DC Bob Diaco as well.