The early part of the practice was open to the media. Here’s your tweetcap
First of all - roll call. Who was practicing and who wasn’t?
Gov. Pete Ricketts here this morning. pic.twitter.com/ze2DNUvYWR— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) August 14, 2019
No pads for Wan’Dale Robinson today pic.twitter.com/ak2H5PJGKx— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) August 14, 2019
Kanawai Noa watching from the side today as the receivers work. pic.twitter.com/lvYCNrAA3w— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 14, 2019
Big guys at work. Do not see senior OT Christian Gaylord our here with the linemen. pic.twitter.com/jFQNCkjHGE— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 14, 2019
It sounds like Noa Kanawai and Wan’dale Robinson got days off to keep them fresh - nothing injury-related. Thompkins has been held out (knee) but it looks like he is progressing in the right direction. I didn’t hear more on Gaylord.
In the words of Mike Leach if you can catch a tennis ball you sure as F can catch a football. pic.twitter.com/HM0aFNUya7— Mike'l Severe (@MikelSevere) August 14, 2019
Simple drill, but a look at how Jahkeem Green carries his big frame. pic.twitter.com/O7NEpJokwZ— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) August 14, 2019
Ryan Held: "Guy runs his ass off" to a group of NFL scouts watching #Huskers practice today. He was talking about Dedrick Mills.— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) August 14, 2019
Quarterback Adrian Martinez
First up (on the live stream anyway) was sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez.
How to deal with expectations (being noticed around campus) and staying grounded
It won’t be too much different than last year for me. School is school. But as far as my supporting cast...my teammates...I have them to hold me down
My roommates, Brody Belt, Tate, Barrett Pickering...they’re great...we can wind down, don’t always feel like we’re on the spot
Whew! We know who his roommates are! Now we can make sure announcers get the right people mentioned during broadcasts.
On Luke McCaffrey
He’s a bright young kid with a lot of talent, he’s fast, can throw the ball...it will be a process but he will be very good...he’s got a great coach, Coach Verdu...we have a great room
On the offense’s improvement (the defense has been reported to have the upper hand throughout most of camp so far)
We’re starting to bounce back...like at the scrimmage the other day...the defense is playing really well...the d-line looks good, the DBs...I’ve mentioned this before, but they look great, like a whole new group
On the competition in practice
I love it...bring it on
It’s never personal...some guys talk back...if I throw a touchdown, I’m going to talk smack on them too. That’s how it works...
On interceptions (the defense is ramping up their emphasis on them and what he sees)
Knowing the schemes better, they’re playing faster...sometimes it allows them to break the rules, take chances
On having another year to study defenses
Seeing a lot of those pictures, it was the first time...the more you see them, the better you get at dissecting the schemes
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters
[Update: I missed this live, so I listened to the audio and added a few thoughts after this was originally published]
On the weekend scrimmage (offense)
We did a lot of good things...very competitive...guys got after it...guys made plays on both sides...we got out of it healthy.
Standout players in scrimmage
Jaevon McQuitty did a good job...he keeps progressing...Luke McCaffrey did some good tings...as an offense we’re executing at a faster pace and the younger guys are picking it up...we went down on the first three possessions and scored and then the defense shut us down the next three...
On the receivers
I think we’re going to be a pretty good unit...a lot of guys haven’t played a whole lot...so I’m putting them in pressure situations, making sure they’re ready to go...going against our defense, that secondary, day in and day out...iron sharpens iron...those guys are making the young guys better, they’re making everybody better.
I think we’re going to be able to play with 7 or 8 guys on the perimeter
On McQuitty - Has the light turned on?
Yes...he understands the offense...last year he wasn’t very confident...he was kind of reactionary...now he goes and makes things happen
On the freshman receivers
We’re throwing a lot at them...the defense is throwing things at them...any time you add new things, it’s challenge...they’re learning the standards we have...the older guys are doing a good job molding them, helping them when they have down moments...we’re excited about their future
On Kanawai Noa and if he is as expected
That’s why we brought him in...he’s a veteran. He’s played, he has experience. Off the field, he’s a pro. He’s a fifth year senior, he acts like an NFL player...he’s done a good job mentoring and tutoring the young guys...he is everything we’ve asked...I’m glad he’s here
On running backs - Does he see Mills and Washington as the 1-2 punch
They’re playing well...Rahmir Johnson is playing well, Brody Belt is playing well. I feel like we got a bunch of running backs that can contribute...we’re going to need them all...we’ll scheme and find roles that fits...all of them are going to be involved.
Mills is downhill...when defenses are tired, he’s going to break some tackles. Mo is Mo, he’s explosive.
We feel good about position