The Nebraska football team completed its sixth practice today, and several assistant coaches were on hand to speak with reporters afterwards. Here are a few choice tidbits:
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander spoke on several topics. Overall, he likes his group. Which is good, because he’s stuck with them.
Erik Chinander still figuring out what he has. Obviously there are mistakes, but “I don’t think we’re the defense I heard about, if that makes sense. I think we’re ahead of that curve a little bit.”— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) April 5, 2018
He described the Scott Frost Tackling Philosophy:
Chinander on Frost's tackling teaching methods:— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) April 5, 2018
"If I didn't believe what he believed I'd either fall in line or go somewhere else. But fortunate we're aligned perfectly."
As my dad would say, everyone seems to be rowing in the same direction.
Let's talk tackling shall we? Really good stuff today from DC @CoachChinander.— Megan McGill (@MeganMcGill_owh) April 5, 2018
Chinander shares in Scott Frost's tackling philosophy and probably yours too. #Huskers
FULL Video-> https://t.co/KB3vjuDX86 pic.twitter.com/bp3qsIF0XA
Chinander started by discussing the defensive backs. So far he is fairly complimentary, but states there’s room for improvement regarding technique, specifically with the hands. Name suprise here was walk-on Ethan Cox:
Walk-on name drop of the day: Ethan Cox, cornerback, redshirt freshman from Blair. He was said by Chinander to have "kind of come out of nowhere." Take that for what it is. Chinander was mentioning several guys. But Cox was one.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) April 5, 2018
The linebacking squad is starting to show a little granulation.
Barrett Ruud told reporters that the four ILBs that have separated a bit are Will Honas, Dedrick Young, Mo Barry and Avery Roberts. Spoke highly of Young. Said others, like Jacob Weinmaster, working to close the gap. #Huskers— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) April 5, 2018
Coach Ruud wants the physicality of the Cornhusker defense to be it’s calling card.
.@HuskerExtraSip asked Barrett Ruud if Nebraska's past physical dominance is on his mind as they build this thing back.— Derek Peterson (@DrPetey15) April 5, 2018
Ruud: "It's No. 1 in my thoughts. The biggest thing we have to get back to at Nebraska is you have to know when you play Nebraska." #Huskers pic.twitter.com/0gqrjWdF7P
Injuries have provided the opportunity to shuffle the defensive line around to all the positions up front.
Mick Stoltenberg on crutches after practice. Carlos Davis was also not in pads. #Huskers— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) April 5, 2018
Defensive line coach Mike Dawson is only interested in playing Big Boy Football:
Jovan Dewitt is always an interesting interview. I like how he gets a bit deeper than coach speak with his responses.
Interesting stuff from Dewitt per usual. Said guys that struggle in space tend to be locked in on one thing. Key to being comfortable is of course having the skills, but also spatial awareness and being able to see multiple things.— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) April 5, 2018
The all-important name drops:
#Huskers mentioned by coaches today who are looking good in spring:— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) April 5, 2018
The football team received a visit from one of the most talented coaches in any sport today as well.
John Cook pays a visit to football practice. Teams team he loves the energy. “This is awesome,” Cook said. pic.twitter.com/n7ACMC4YsQ— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) April 5, 2018
Also, today is JUCO WR Mike Williams’ 20th birthday! Happy Birthday Mike!