Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says spring drills will carry more “juice” this year. With three new assistants on defense, including coordinator Bob Diaco, the Huskers are installing a new 3-4 defense. They must also find a replacement for quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. Tulane transfer Tanner Lee and redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien will battle for the job.
Riley said he and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf discussed using a coin flip to determine whether Lee or O’Brien would take the first snap when practice opens Saturday.
“We are going to try and get Tanner and Patrick even turns”, said Riley.” It really doesn’t matter who goes first. Somebody has to take the first snap but what determines who is going to play in a game will happen over a long period of time.”
Despite the changes Riley is not calling this a transition year.
“I did not do any of this to have a setback”, added Riley. I’m doing it to hopefully get better.”
Spring drills will conclude on April 15 with an intrasquad game.