The Huskers held the first of two Wednesday practices with a 90-minute morning workout.
Coach Bo Pelini has been impressed with what he has seen so far. “We have made good progress and we have good competition going on."
With the loss of sophomore linebacker Michael Rose there has been some shuffling in the linebacker corps. Redshirt freshmen Marcus Newby and Courtney Love both have impressed Pelini and will likely be contributors for the Blackshirt defense.
“Newby is playing the Buck linebacker and Love is playing the Will. Both of those guys have made some good progress over the last few weeks. Those guys are getting better.”
Newby, a North Potomac, Maryland native, was a highly touted linebacker out of Quince Orchard High School, the same high school that produced recent NU defensive end and current Houston Texan Jason Ankrah. Love is a Youngstown, Ohio, native and graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, Pelini’s alma mater.
Pelini also gave high praise to the Huskers’ depth at defensive line, noting that a few freshman have been impressive. “There is a lot of good competition going on there as well. Those guys are getting better, (Joe) Keels, (A.J.) Natter, (Jack) Gangwish and some of the true freshmen. (Mick) Stoltenberg, he has not played a lot of defensive end and is a little behind, but I think he is going to be good. (Peyton) Newell has also done a nice job over the last couple of days.”
Pelini noted that it has been highly competitive when the offense and defense have faced each other during practice. “They have gone back-and-forth a lot. I think a couple of days ago the offense really got after the defense and it was really vice-versa last night. It has been pretty spirited competition. The thing is, it is about executing both offensively and defensively. It is not about who wins and losses in a particular drill. We are looking at execution on both sides of the ball, guys doing the right thing. We are mixing a lot of things personnel wise and I am seeing a lot of good things, but I see we have a ways to go.”