Nebraska coach Mike Riley says he still needs to decide on a format for Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game. The Huskers conclude spring drills in Memorial Stadium.
“I think that we are going to not have two separate teams formed”, said Riley. “I have two thoughts. One is a points system like we used last year where the defense has ways to score points. The other one would be maybe to divide the teams but that is hard to sometimes orchestrate.”
The Huskers are coming off their second scrimmage of spring and quarterback is not the only notable position battle. Center also has an even battle right now between junior Cole Conrad and sophomore Michael Decker.
“We’ve moved Cole Conrad into the center position with Decker”, added Riley. “They are actually rotating like our quarterbacks do.”
Riley stressed the importance of Nebraska finding “some good consistency and toughness and mentality running the ball,” something the Huskers couldn’t muster in their final two games of last season.
That’s why coaches are creating the competition along the offensive line, in need of a confidence boost, Riley said.
“I think we have to be very, very concerned and thoughtful about our growth, and make sure that’s happening,” Riley said. “I think we need confidence, and I also think we need to be mentally tougher. The combination of those two things is going to be really important to the growth of that group.