The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours Saturday in the Hawks Championship Center and the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field in helmets and shorts, marking the first practice of spring football for the Huskers.
Head Coach Mike Riley spoke to the media following practice and addressed the state of the team as they head into the beginning of spring ball.
“It is really exciting to get started. We have been going at it with the offseason program since sometime in January, but it really feels like also right now the start of the 2017 team.” Riley said. “With a lot of newness, it is really exciting to get started with this group.”
Coach Riley went on to talk about what he saw out of new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco at his first spring practice at Nebraska.
“I think that his enthusiasm was a lot like the interview. That was not surprising to me.” Riley said. “He has an enthusiasm in his teaching that is contagious. The thing that was really exciting to me was the interview and how he talked football. So what you saw today was not a surprise to me and I believe that is who he is.”
Coach Riley continued on to explain what he saw out of the quarterbacks on day one as he looks forward to the quarterback battle that will play out this offseason.
“In the initial first day with brand new quarterbacks that have not started, it was pretty well defined coverage-wise what they were going to see, so nothing surprised them today necessarily.” Riley said. “I am hopeful, because I want to continue it, the work we did with Patrick [O’Brien] and Tanner [Lee] on every Sunday during the season, which was pretty extensive, I wanted to see how it played out today. I think what we saw was pretty comfortable guys. They made some plays, they made mostly right reads, so I think it worked.”
The Huskers will be back in action for spring practice on Tuesday.