August 28, 2015

Black shirts to be awarded prior to BYU game

bankerThe Nebraska football coaching staff will hand out black shirts prior to the Husker’s season opener against BYU on September fifth. The tradition dates back to the 1960s when the Huskers’ first-string defenders were given the shirts to wear in practice.

“We’ve had a discussion probably about every five, six seven days and talk about our depth chart and then we also talk about guys we would put on the list to nominate each position and who would be deserving of one”, said defensive coordinator Mark Banker. “We’re pretty close on that and awarding those black shirts.”

After an unscheduled day off the Huskers return to the practice field this afternoon.

 

 

Huskers shift focus to BYU

Tommy ArmstrongAs game week approaches the attention in practice is shifting to week one opponent BYU. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong says the Huskers are excited to begin preparing for an actual opponent.

“We’re starting to get over that hill at the right time and we’ve got this bye week now to prepare for BYU a little bit”, said Armstrong. “Right now we’re in great shape. we just got to get a lot of things on film and correct them as we go into next week”

Armstrong says the enthusiasm is growing in practice as the Huskers start to game plan and run scout plays to get ready for the Cougars.

Newcomers will make an immediate impact

riley7Several true freshmen will see the field when Nebraska opens the season on September fifth against BYU. Husker coach Mike Riley says wide receiver Stanley Morgan, running back Devine Ozigbo, safety Aaron Williams and linebackers Dedric Young and Tyrin Ferguson will make an immediate impact.

“All of them are contributors on special teams”, said Riley. “You know a guy can initially gain value for getting a chance to play by making that part of the game important.”

Riley says that number is on par with what he has done in the past as he has played anywhere from three to seven true freshmen during his coaching career.

Gates in the mix at right tackle

Nick Gates

Nick Gates

When Nebraska opens the season against BYU there could be a redshirt freshman at right tackle. Husker offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf says Las Vegas native Nick Gates has shown steady improvement in preseason camp.

“You know he’s a young guy that we need to have grow up in a hurry”, said Langsdorf. We challenged him early to learn and be ready to play and he has responded and is playing his best football right now.”

Gates says as game week approaches the offensive line is starting to come together as a unit.

“I think we’ve jelled pretty well”, said Gates. “I feel like I have a good connection with the other four guys.”

Langsdorf the offensive line has done a good job in pass protection but the biggest improvement is needed in run blocking.

Armstrong has green light to make plays

Tommy Armstrong

Tommy Armstrong

Nebraska may be moving to more of a pro-style offense but quarterback Tommy Armstrong still has the green light to make plays with his feet. As a sophomore, Armstrong passed for nearly 27 hundred yards and added another 705 yards on the ground to go along with six touchdowns.

Husker offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf says Armstrong’s athletic ability is an added weapon for the offense.

“We’ve known in our past that a guy like that can really hurt a defense if things open up and he takes off running”, said Langsdorf. “We’re not going to turn him into a statue so we’re all for him making plays in the passing game and running the ball.”

Langsdorf says the coaches do want Armstrong to pick his spots and try to limit the number of hits he takes in a game.