The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Wednesday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets for the first time since the spring.
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice, commenting on the energy of the first practice in full pads.
“Guys stepped on that field ready to go,” Walters said. “Anytime you put full pads on there’s that extra juice. There was a part of it where we made it live for two or three plays. Guys got after it, so it was good to see that when we throw the pads on, we don’t take a step back, and that is very encouraging.”
Coach Walters mentioned the status of junior running back Tre Bryant after his 2017 season was cut short due to a knee injury.
“He’s (Tre Bryant) full go,” Walters said. “We’re going to be smart with his reps and make sure he’s ready to go September 1st, but he looks good. He’s making all the cuts. You can tell he’s been in the play book over the summer and even the spring. He knows what to do. He’s worked his tail off to get back on that field, and he’s going to be an added bonus to our offense.”
Coach Walters mentioned how the offense works with the defense as they continue to improve as a team.
“It’s been awesome,” Walters said. “Competition-wise, we’re deeper than we were in the spring across the board. That shows up in practice, receivers versus DBs were getting after it. They’re making us better, we’re making them better. The older guys have embraced the younger guys. We’re a family, and we understand that we need everybody in order to be successful, so the older guys are taking the younger guys under their wing. As we get going, sometimes the younger guys kind of take a back seat and just try to find out, learn the process, learn the standards, and so as we get going those younger guys are going to get just as many reps, and we’re going to count on those guys this year.”
Coach Walters talked about the status of the quarterbacks.
“Across the board, guys did what they needed to do this summer,” Walters said. “They were in their play books. They were in the offense. We didn’t take a step back when we took the field last week, and that’s encouraging. Those guys are getting equal reps, and they’re competing and they’re doing a good job.”
The Huskers return to the practice field on Friday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.