“Ryne Reeves had full sensation and movement in all extremities following his injury at practice on Wednesday. As a precautionary measure, he was transported for further evaluation of his neck pain. All of his imaging studies were normal, and it is being treated as a cervical strain injury. Ryne will continue to be treated and evaluated, and we are optimistic that he will be able to return to practice sometime following spring break.”
The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday as the Huskers continued spring workouts.
“I’m seeing progress on both sides,” Head coach Bo Pelini said. “I’m seeing guys who are competing, and I think it’s been a productive seven practices to this point. We’ll scrimmage tomorrow night (Thursday) and go from there.”
The Huskers are continuing to implement details on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
“Now we need to get into the details and the fine points that are going to allow them to have success,” Pelini said.
Offensively, quarterback Tommy Armstrong likes his receiver corps and offensive line.
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Pelini likes the way the young defensive lineman are progressing in camp.
“Malik Collins has really had a good camp. Kevin Maurice is doing some good things, and Vincent Valentine has really flashed at times. End to end, this group is way ahead of where they were last year,” Pelini said.
The Huskers return to the practice field on Thursday for their final practice before Spring Break. The squad will return to practice on March 31 in preparation for its Spring Game, set for Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m.
NFL scouts were on campus in Lincoln on Thursday to put Husker seniors through drills similar to the NFL Combine during Nebraska’s Pro Day. Thirteen seniors from Nebraska’s 2013 senior class and three 2012 seniors worked out for NFL scouts and position coaches.
Receiver Quincy Enunwa and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste were on hand for Pro Day after also taking part in the NFL Combine last month. In addition, Combine invitee Spencer Long went through some drills on Thursday, but he continues to recover from knee surgery. Long will have an additional opportunity to work out for NFL scouts in Lincoln in mid-April.
Taylor Martinez went through the full range of drills, and afterwards, Martinez said he also took part in the specific quarterback drills as well as running through some drills for wide receivers and defensive backs.
For Martinez to have a shot in the NFL, he must utilize his speed and those two positions, may be his best opportunity. Martinez showed no ill-effects from a foot injury that forced him to miss nine games this past season.
Now his plans are to return to Laguna Beach, CA. and continue to work out with his quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun.
The 2014 NFL Draft will take place in New York City from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10.
Steven Holcomb, who won a bronze medal for the United States in the two-man bobsled, along with his teammates Shelby, Neb. native Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton, and Chris Fogt in USA 1, finished with the bronze in four-man bobsled.
The U.S. was in fourth place just 0.17 seconds from the leader, and just 0.01 seconds from a medal. In the final heat, USA 1 edged out Russia-2 by 0.03 seconds for the bronze. After the competition, the former Husker football player tweeted.
“I told you it would be NUTS! #bronze!”
The 33-year old Tomasevicz announced his retirement after the Sochi Games.
Head coach Bo Pelini had high praise for Nebraska’s 2014 recruiting class at his Signing Day press conference on Wednesday, with a balanced group leading the Huskers on the offensive line in particular.
The Huskers landed a pair of four-star recruits with Illinois lineman Tanner Farmer and Nevada standout Nick Gates, in addition to Nebraskans DJ Foster and Mick Stoltenberg. Pelini thanked the Nebraska athletic administration for helping put the finishing touches on the 2014 class, with the coaches increasing their use of private planes to fly to recruiting hot beds across the country.
One area hit hard by the Huskers this year was in the heart of SEC country, with Nebraska signing a combined nine players from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. Of the 24 players in the 2014 class, three are from Nebraska–Foster, Stoltenberg, and Lincoln product Luke Gifford. The Huskers also added 18 walk-on players with 16 from Nebraska and the two others from New York and Michigan. Pelini thinks the walk on class will continue to grow as the spring and summer approach, but says this year’s group is the best he’s had at Nebraska.
One player Pelini is particularly excited about is Missouri wide receiver Monte Harrison. Harrison, a four-star prospect from Lee’s Summit, is also a highly rated outfielder on the baseball field and is slated to play both sports at Nebraska. Pelini says he thinks Harrison will make it to Lincoln, despite what may happen in terms of Harrison’s professional draft status later this spring. Nebraska faced a similar situation three years ago when dual-sport standout Bubba Starling came to Nebraska for the start of the 2011 fall camp, but eventually left for the Kansas City Royals organization after being drafted in the top 10 of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.
Three of Nebraska’s signings came from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, with linebacker Jaevon Walton, plus wide receivers Glenn Irons and Jariah Tolbert inking their letters of intent on Wednesday. As Nebraska enters its fourth season in the Big Ten, the recruiting focus continues to shift on different areas according to Pelini, as he feels the Huskers don’t necessarily fill the traditional Big Ten footprint that many other schools recruit from in the conference.
Overall, the Huskers filled many of their needs on the offensive and defensive lines, with some talented skill players on offense added to the mix. Most recruiting services have the Huskers with a class ranking of between 30th to 40th in the country for 2014.
By Chris Whitney