Offensive coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice today. Believe it or not, there was not a single question about the quarterbacks!! But for those of you in the “can he play OL?” department, there are some nuggets about a young center.
Nebraska OC Troy Walters gave credit to the defense today for getting an edge in the first half of the Huskers’ 10th practice of spring. It was not up to his standard to perform like “the best offense in the Big Ten.” pic.twitter.com/Jrg63889uz— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) April 1, 2019
On what he wants to get out of the final two weeks
We’re pretty much done with our install, we’ve got the majority of our playbook in. Now, it’s about being precise, being detailed - finishing
So, from a mental aspect, it’s just...being dogs and love going out there competing every play and every practice...playing fast.
OC Troy Walters told reporters that the defense was impressive today but the offense really struggled, especially in the first half of practice. He also said that Brody Belt has been impressive at running back #huskers— Tim Curran (@Tim_Curran1) April 1, 2019
On how he felt about the practice today
We were okay offensively. I’ll give it up to the defense. They’re making us work. They’re bringing it every day. They’re making us work. If we don’t bring our “A” game, they’re embarrassing us. The first half of practice, they got after us. The second half of practice, we competed and did some good things.
On what he expects from the tight ends
We got a good group, but they gotta become playmakers...be able to stretch the field. They’re doing a good job in the run game, we’re pretty stout up front. We gotta be sure we become more weapons in the pass game. We’re going to game plan and scheme for matchups. They gotta win those...if we get that production out of them, it opens up this offense.
On whether he expected Brody Belt to stand out as much as he has
Not really. Not right away. He was on the scout squad last year, so he was down with the defense. He’s had a great offseason...it shows. He takes coaching and studies the playbook. He has that grit, that “want to” that you like. He wants to be great...he plays with a chip on his shoulder...walk on, undersized. I like that.
Today at practice I learned that Nebraska's quarterback coach Mario Verduzco said he'd be unaware of nuclear war if it broke out during football season or even spring football.— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) April 1, 2019
Basically said football just puts him in a cage. #Huskers
On how the team may change when the “new guys” arrive in the summer and fall
I talked to my guys in the receiver room about that. I told them they got six more practices. If you can’t do what we’re asking, we gotta move on. We got some incoming freshman...if we gotta go find a grad transfer...we’ll do what we gotta to be successful.
On Andre Hunt
He’s matured a lot. He’s learned the playbook. Last year, he didn’t know the playbook so it slowed him down. Now, he knows it so he can use his speed...His mental toughness. Last year, he was lackadaisical, not focused at times. Now, he’s working with the ones, he’s gotta be on every rep. He’s a guy we’re going to depend on this fall.
Best takeaway from Nebraska football practice today: 340-pound D-lineman Damion Daniels has the nickname "Snacks."— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) April 1, 2019
On Cam Jurgens
He looks good. We’re making sure he’s healthy, that his foot is good. He’s athletic, powerful. Not only is he gonna get on his block, but he’s gonna create movement up front and create a new line of scrimmage...he’s still learning at center, rusty...but he’s getting caught up.
Nebraska QB Noah Vedral said the Fred Hoiberg chatter made its way into the football locker room. Guys are excited, he said. Not sure I can remember ever hearing a Nebraska football player asked about the basketball team before today. pic.twitter.com/ly5tRKaK0a— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) April 1, 2019
On what he’s learned about the offensive line
It’s still coming together. We’ve got some new guys and those guys have to come together. We’re rotating guys, getting looks at different guys. By fall, they’ll be in sync and on the same page. It all starts with the center. Cam is still learning...get him where he needs to be and it will help the rest of the offensive linemen.