The Nebraska football team worked out in full pads for two hours on Wednesday, splitting time between the Hawks Championship Center and the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields.
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters addressed the media after practice, commenting on how the offense has been able to expand throughout the year as guys have continued to improve.
“We feel like we can throw anything at these guys and they’ll pick it up,” Walters said. “Now they understand the concepts and why we line up in different formations. It’s fun when guys really know what they’re doing because the sky is the limit with what we can throw at them.”
Walters was asked about if he was worried about the offensive line in late September and talked about how much progress his group has made.
“We were worried about everyone in late September,” Walters said. “We weren’t playing that well. But credit to the guys for believing in what we have here and coming to work each day to get better. They haven’t let the frustrations from the season prevent us from getting better in practice. The whole offensive line has really gotten better. They know they set the tone up front and they come to work each day.”
He also talked about a few guys who have been stepping up lately at wide receiver as the team looks for a consistent receiving No. 3 option.
“I tell all our guys, you practice how you play,” Walters said. “We take practice seriously, I grade every practice and post those grades in our meeting room for guys to see. We had [redshirt senior wide receiver] Bryan Reimers make a play last game, [junior wide receiver] Mike Williams made plays, [redshirt freshman wide receiver] Kade Warner, we moved him around. We need to find that No. 3 guy, but I think collectively between Mike, Bryan and Kade, when their numbers have been called, they’ve been stepping up and making plays.”
Lastly, Walters was asked if he placed any extra importance on the fact that his offense is on the verge of having potentially two 1,000 yard receivers and a 1,000 yard rusher this season.
“We’re trying to win games, and for us to win games we have to be explosive on offense,” Walters said. “It’s exciting as a staff, because [senior wide receiver] Stanley [Morgan], [redshirt sophomore wide receiver] J.D. [Spielman] and [senior running back] Devine [Ozigbo] are such good people. They’re role models, they reflect the culture and what we want. They come to work every day and work their tails off, they’re unselfish and team-first. We want all the awards that those guys can get, and they deserve it.”
The Huskers will host Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised on BTN.