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Nebraska Football Practice Report: August 7

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It was offensive coordinator Troy Walters and other offensive coaches’ turn to update the media.

The early part of the practice was open to the media. After practice, offensive coordinator Troy Walters and some of the offensive assistants talked to the media.

Tweetcap from the open portion of practice

Sorry for the length. Hopefully you want as many of the sights and sounds of practice as I did!

Walk-on news!

The best part of the video below is when Coach Frost is seen walking away like “Yep, I still got it.”

Nebraska’s candidate for Polynesian Player of the Year (yesterday’s watch list release).

But, can he play OL?

Confirmed.

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Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters

Coach speak alert.

On how they responded after a day off:

“Good tempo, good energy”

On Wan’dale Robinson:

He’s good. He’s stayed healthy...he was knicked up in spring so that was key...that dual threat option (receiver and running back) is going to cause problems for defenses...we’re being smart in his reps, in how much he gets each day.

On Noa Kanawai fitting in:

We did some reasearch and background on him. He’s been productive when he’s healthy. We needed more production...we like our young guys but we needed more. He’s fitting in well.

On Dedrick Mills:

Tough kid. Downhill. You hand the ball off to him, he’s going to get his 3 or 4 yards which you need. There’s going to be a role for him. Solid in pass protection. Good addition. He’s fitting in.

On the RB room overall:

Feel good. Mo is Mo. Rahmir Johnson. Freshman. Has had some splash plays. He is a speedster. He gets in a crease in the open, he’s going to take it to the house. Brody has continued where he left off in the spring. We feel like we’ve got depth.

He went on to say that they plan to play many running backs to keep them fresh and wear defenses down, but that if someone gets hot, they might stick with them in a game situation.

On Andre Hunt

He has picked up where he left off in the spring. His biggest thing this spring was consistency. He’s freshman so there’s ups and downs but I told him we need him to act like a pro.

We’ve got 7-8-9 guys we think can help the team.

On the defense and who is standing out

The entire defense is flying around...they’re creating turnovers. As an offense, we got to do a better job protecting the ball...that young secondary is giving us problems...that’s the Blackshirt defense...flying around and creating turnovers. We have to bring it every day or they’re going to make us look real bad.

On whether the turnovers are on the defensive effort or on the offense:

It’s both.

They [defense] have the desire to create turnovers. We [offense] have to make sure that ball is secure until we hand it back to the official. You can run 20 yards down the field, but they’re pursuing the whole way and trying to get the ball out. We’ve got to do better as an offense...the defense is emphasizing turnovers.

On the freshman wide receivers:

Darien Chase is a big target...he’s picking up the offense well...good hands...Demariyon Houston, he’s more of a speedster. You know, we tell the freshman to dive in. Don’t dip your toe in the water, dive in. That’s hard for them because they aren’t used to the speed...as we’ve gone along they understand the expectations and are getting better.

More Press Conference Tweets

Between Coach Held and Coach Verdu (quarterbacks), we have some real gems.