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Nebraska Spring Football: March 11 Practice Report

Head coach Scott Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters updated on Maurice Washington, position competitions and how the defense looks

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The first half hour of practice was open to the media today and several outlets have published photo galleries or video of their observations. - Nebraska spring practice gallery #1
Check out the scenes from Nebraska's practice inside the Hawks Championship Center

Two-Minute Drill: Spring practice observations from Parker Gabriel and Steven M. Sipple | Husker Extra |
Steve Sipple and Parker Gabriel give updates on the team, including highlights from head coach Scott Frost, after practice on March 11, 2019.

Nebraska spring practice gallery
Check out a few photos from Nebraska's Monday morning practice in Lincoln.

Head Coach Scott Frost

(These quotes came directly from the official transcript sent out by the athletic department - so these are verbatim)

Coach Frost on how the first few weeks of spring practice has gone.

”I thought the first week went really well, I wasn’t as happy with today. Maybe springing the clocks forward got them or something I don’t know, but the energy wasn’t what I wanted today. That being said, we’re way ahead of where we were last spring in the first three days, so a good start.”

On the defense in their first practice with full pads:

”I think the whole defense looks better. I’m really impressed with the way the defensive line is striking and moving around. There’s some guys in the secondary that I think are doing a good job. Seeing Jojo Doman make a bunch of plays. It’s hard to pick just a few guys out, but i think as a whole, that unit, again, once you know what you’re doing, you have an opportunity to do it faster and with more confidence and I’m kind of seeing that from everyone on that side.”

On the tight ends:

Jack Stoll is limited right now. He had a shoulder fix after season last year. We miss him, but Austin Allen is doing a good job, Kurt Rafdal is doing a good job, Katerian LeGrone is doing a good job. Those guys need to be more of a threat in the pass game this year. Every single one of those guys has taken a big step forward since last fall so I feel like that’s a position where we’re going to have depth and be really solid.”

Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters

Coach Walters on the running back competition:

”It’s an open competition and guys are battling. Jaylin Bradley had a good winter, he’s in shape, he’s running and he understands the offense. Brody is doing a great job out there and so I think across the board this spring, our focus is competition and guys earning positions and earning their spots. You see that, you see their excitement and every day we just have to keep getting better.”

On the wide receiver competition:

”We have a lot of bodies, guys are competing. We need to find consistency. We know what JD can do, now we need to find the next guys who can be consistent, play in and play out, day in, day out, today was not our best practice as an offense, we came out sluggish. It was not up to our standards.”

On Adrian Martinez’s leadership:

”Everything revolves around the quarterback and he kind of sets the tone of the offense and he’s confident, he’s calm, he brings it every day. That’s what I love about Adrian. I don’t care how well he did yesterday, today is a new day. I don’t care how well he did against Minnesota, the next game is a new game. He comes every day ready to work. He’s really developed being a vocal leader.”

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