LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT)-- This was the 10th day of fall camp for the Nebraska football team. The Huskers practiced outside for two hours on Tuesday morning.
Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media after practice. Chinander talked about the Husker scrimmage on Sunday. He said the offense was impressive on the opening drive. Many of the plays were gains of 15 yards or more during the drive. But the defense played better later in the scrimmage.
"My big takeaway from the scrimmage was kind of an overall theme for the defense," Chinander said. "When we had busts, assignment errors or communication errors, the offense was very productive. When we were all on the same page and everybody, all 11 guys were playing one defense, we were pretty salty. The offense came out with a really good tempo I thought that day and us being able to adjust to that tempo is going to be the tale of the story here. I thought the first group tackled well, the second and third groups need to get a little better. I thought we were physical when we needed to be, and we saw a lot of guys do a lot of good things, so it was great for us."
Coach Chinander said the defense got better in the scrimmage: "Like I said, it looked good, that first series, the offense came out and punched us in the mouth and had some big plays. Then after that, especially the first group, they tightened it down and really played some good football. It was good and bad. Would I like to just go and shut the whole thing down every series? Absolutely, but then I've got a whole new bag of problems because then it's feeling good and trying to reel them back in. I liked how it went because we got knocked down right away and we came back and did our job, so there's a little bit of butt-chewing I can do, but we aren't quite there yet. I liked where it was at."
Senior defensive tackle Darrion Daniels was asked what offensive player impressed him the most? Daniels said: “Number 28”. Maurice Washington had a strong scrimmage according to many defensive players.
There was also a lot of talk about the new addition to the Huskers, junior college transfer Jahkeem Green. The defensive lineman from Highland Community College in Kansas could be at practice in the next few days. The 6’5 315-pound lineman from Sumter, South Carolina could make an immediate impact.
The Huskers will resume practice on Wednesday with the offensive players and coaches speaking to the media.