Nebraska finished up its second full week of fall camp on Saturday with a two-hour practice.
Coach Bo Pelini said the team had a pretty solid second week and he would like to continue to see progression in depth on the defensive side of the ball. “We just finished up what I thought was a pretty good week. I think we are in a situation now, more on defense than offense, that I think there is a bit of too much separation in a couple positions between the one's and the two's.
To Pelini, the upperclassmen and starting group on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball have been impressing him with their competition. “I feel good about where our upperclassmen or one's are now, the two's are still coming and there is still good competition on the offensive side of the football. I think we are right where we want to be. We have to keep plugging along.”
Nebraska, which in recent years has become Kicker U, will look to continue to plug in the next great Husker kicker. Up to this point in camp though, there has not been much separation between junior Mauro Bondi and true freshman Drew Brown.
“When we start game week I will have a feel and we will name how we are going to do it. It is really close right now, they have both hit the ball pretty good, consistently and pretty solid.”
Returning sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong had an improved second week of camp, according to Pelini, even if the Blackshirt defense has been throwing a lot at the young QB.
“Tommy had a good week, a very good week. Defensively we have installed a lot so we have been throwing a lot at him. I think he has progressed. Is he exactly where we want him to be at? No He plays the quarterback position which is difficult, but he has seen a lot of looks and I think he is managing the offense really well.”
According to Pelini, last year if Armstrong would make a mistake out on the field, it would take him longer to bounce back from the mistake. This season though, Husker fans can expect a much more mature and refined Armstrong at quarterback.
“When he makes a mistake, he comes back from that mistake very strong with a lot of confidence. To me that is important to have at the quarterback position, he is showing a lot of maturity. I like where he is right now, but he has to keep going.”
Heading into the third week of fall camp, the Huskers will have a lot of good competition between the starting offensive and defense before going into game week for the August 30th season opener against Florida Atlantic.
“We will go good-on-good (first team vs. first team) for the next couple of days to start the third week," said Pelini. "Then we will start getting in game preparation towards the end of the week.”
The Huskers will be back on the practice fields Monday.