The Nebraska Cornhuskers practiced for 2 1/2-hours on Monday and may have felt the effects of the heat as the practice wore on. The tempo was strong and crisp early on, but tailed off in the second half. Head coach Bo Pelini wasn’t too pleased with the end results, but also realizes it’s still early. Bo on practice
Pelini is looking for consistency and execution early from both the offense and defense. In particular on offense, he is looking for guys like Niles Paul to step up and take leadership at the wide receivers position. Pelini has been particularly pleased with I-back Quentin Castille, who enters his junior year after a very positive summer.
On the defensive side of the ball, Pelini talked about the linebackers and the progress being made by sophomore Matt May.
After practice, we caught up with junior linebacker Blake Lawrence who is coming off his third concussion with a new protective helmet and the hope that his past injuries are behind him, so he can continue to contribute at weak side linebacker as he has in his first two seasons.