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Nebraska Football Practice Report: State of the Defense

The Husker defensive coaches gave their thoughts on depth, competition, and faces standing out in the crowd.

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Nebraska football’s defensive coaches, including defensive coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media today after practice. It was a short session, but had a lot of good nuggets.

Note - even when in quotes, these are my best attempt to get down what was said in real time. I didn’t go back and listen to get exact quotes. So, take these as decent paraphrases rather than quotes.

Coach Chinander, on depth - “The deepest group is probably the d-line. Next is...we feel good about the linebackers...another group that will be deep with the addition of new guys and the transfers is the defensive back group.”

The order he mentions them is no surprise to Husker fans that have been paying attention during the offseason.

Coach Chinander when asked if the DB’s have come along quicker than he anticipated. “Yes and no. We thought some of those additions would be good. The guys that were here, the older guys have fed off the competition from the new additions and made a big jump. I don’t know if it was more than expected, but they made a huge jump.”

Coach Chinander on position battles. “I think we know who the ones and twos are. There may be a few position battles coming down to the wire, but if we had to release a depth chart today, we could.”

Coach Chinander on having older players teaching their younger competition. “We tell these veterans all the time...our job is to replace you in recruiting...but if you’re a real guy, you’ll help teach some of these guys to take your place and know they can’t do it.”

On freshman DB Cam Taylor “Some guys jump in and compete full speed but act like freshman at times. Other guys are mature but may be tentative. With him, you get both, he competes like crazy but has a maturity about him.