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Nebraska Practice Report: Chinander Goes Into More Detail About The Blackshirt Mentality and Martinez Did Not Practice Again

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Even after the loss on Saturday, one of the most encouraging things that came out of the game was the play of the defense. The defense played so horrible last year that we expected some type of improvement. However, I think most people were pleasantly surprised with the effort and physicality the defense played with in the game against Colorado.

I mean, would have you seen this from last year’s defense?

Adrian Martinez Update

Sounds like Adrian Martinez did not practice today.

So there’s that.

Also, Frost is done talking about Martinez’s injury. Frost talked to his Athletic Director about the video and the injury. Then Moos told him to turn it into the Big 10. So Frost did that, and now he is moving on.

So anyways, on to the practice report as Defensive Coordinator Chinander, several defensive assistants and some players spoke to the media.

When asked how he felt about the game on Saturday, Coach Chinander immediately responded:

“Not good. Because we lost. Heartbreaking to see those guys...I think they did what we asked them to do. It’s tough for me to watch them play as hard as they did and not get a win. But with that said when you play a good football team and you make that many errors, it’s hard to win a football game. So very sad...very heart broke but encouraged that if we play the way that we

...that we have a chance to win every game that we are in.”

Coach Chinander Explained Why Some Players Did or Did Not Receive a Blackshirt

He was asked about what it was like handing out the Blackshirts and then went into more detail about their process of determining who gets a Blackshirt:

“Ya, it was really cool. I know you come in to be the defensive coordinator at Nebraska and you can’t help but think about how awesome the Blackshirts are. But then it is time to get to the (Nut of it?) and then you have to do it. And it is hard. Really Hard...

I had to talk to every kid that didn’t get one, that maybe you guys think deserves one or the fans think deserves one but they aren’t there everyday in practice and have been with us for six months. We had to explain to these kids why they didn’t get one this week. And for some of might have played great in the game but now you need to compete with yourself in practice. Maybe you didn’t go to class or maybe you were late for meetings or other behavior issues there’s a reason why each and every one of them did or did not get a Blackshirt. Some of them are on the very cusp (of getting one) and they played in the game like they should have but their habits leading up to that game didn’t warrant one.

“And I’m not saying they won’t get one during the next few weeks or by the end of the season. But right now, they are who they are.”

Coach Ruud also Answered Some Questions

Travis Fischer About the Secondary

Special Teams Issues

Special Teams did not play well on Saturday as there were multiple penalties and the new likely kicker for the next several seasons missed a field goal.

Also Khalil Davis Gets to Pay Up

Where should Khalil take his teammates?