August 29, 2015

Huskers break camp with inconsistent scrimmage

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says he is still searching for consistency as the Huskers broke fall camp with their second scrimmage on Saturday. Riley says he likes to potential of his team but there were far too many negative plays on both sides of the ball.

“You know I think we look good on both sides of the ball a good portion of the time and it’s pretty good stuff”, said Riley.” But frankly that’s why days like this are hard for me. You just want it to look good all the time and it just doesn’t.”

With the start of classes the Huskers begin a normal practice routine as the prepare for the September fifth opener against BYU.

Huskers work to limit big plays

Mark Banker

Mark Banker

With the season opener two weeks away the Nebraska defense is still searching for consistency. Husker defensive coordinator Mark Banker says while he likes the potential of the defense the Blackshirts are giving up too many big plays. He┬ásays last weekend’s scrimmage was a perfect example.

“When you looked at the line score and we showed the defense it’s a zero, it’s a zero, it’s zero, it’s a plus four, it’s a minus one and then all of sudden, bang, 47 yards”, said Banker. It can’t happen, whether it’s on first down or any other down and we’ve got to work on that.”

The Huskers return to the practice field on Saturday as they continue preparations for the September fifth opener against BYU.

Pierson-El undergoes surgery on broken foot

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says sophomore receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El underwent successful surgery, Thursday, to repair a broken bone in his right foot. The preseason All-American suffered the injury on Tuesday in a non-contact drill.

Pierson-El ranked second nationally in punt return average in 2014, and tied for the national lead with three punt return touchdowns.

Riley has said he expects Pierson-El to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

“It’s one thing about being healed and another thing about being ready to play, so we’ll wait until that happens”, said Riley. The good news is everything has gone well and we really believe he is going to play a good portion of this season.”

With Pierson-El on the sideline the Huskers will turn to junior Jordan Westerkamp to return punts.

 

Pierson-El sidelined with foot injury

De'Mornay Pierson-El (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

De’Mornay Pierson-El (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

Nebraska sophomore wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El will be sidelined six to eight weeks after suffering a foot injury in Tuesday’s practice.

Pierson-El ranked second nationally in punt return average in 2014, and tied for the national lead with three punt return touchdowns. He was a second-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America and a freshman All-American by several organizations in 2014.

Husker coach Mike Riley also announced that freshman receiver Lavan Alston will be out for the season after suffering a knee injury during Tuesday’s practice.

Young makes a move at linebacker

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says freshman linebacker Dedrick Young will not be redshirting this season and has made a major move in practice. youngThe Peoria, Arizona native is likely to see the field this season at a position that lacks depth.

Riley says Young’s consistency has moved him up the depth chart.

“Relatively quiet but very intense and a very good learner”, said Riley. He’s been very consistent and that is what has elevated him. It is not just that he flashes his ability once in a while but he is becoming very reliable.”

 

Young saw time with the first defensive unit during Tuesday’s practice along with Josh Banderas and Michael Rose-Ivey.