Nearly 73,000 Husker fans got their first glimpse of the 2016 Nebraska football team, and very few could have predicted the hero at the end of the game. Walk-on Kyle Kasun intercepted a pass on the final play of the game to give the Husker defense the win 46-41 in a game that featured a unique scoring system. After the game, Husker Mike Riley said the past 15 practices of the spring were revealing.
“I am much more confident today than I was at the start of spring ball”, said Husker coach Mike Riley. “I’m encouraged by this group.”
The Huskers’ first team offense had plenty of success throughout the day, with quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. rushing for 120 yards and one touchdown. Armstrong says he’s happy with where the team is after the spring.
“I feel like we are two or three steps ahead of where we were last year because of the teaching phase”, said Armstrong. “It is more now about fixing things.”
Riley said after the game that defensive end Greg McMullen and defensive tackle Kevin Williams are both leaving the team. Williams is expected to transfer while McMullen is giving up football to pursue a graduate degree.
The 2016 season will start on September 3rd against Fresno State