H U S K E R D A N
A guy walks up to a man in New York City
and asks what's the best way to get to Carnegie
"Dude, you gotta practice!"
Okay, so the Huskers (as far as anyone
knows) aren't looking to get to Carnegie Hall any time soon, but they are
looking to make a run at a football national championship this
After Saturday's practice, Husker head football
coach, Bo Pelini said about this year's Husker football team, "I don't want to
make any predictions, but if we work hard, stay committed, there isn't a team on
our schedule we can't beat." He added that his team has not arrived, but
is getting closer.
"We were one second away from winning a Big 12
Championship last year. We are hungry and have the potential to
do great things this fall,"
Bo went on to say that this year's team has more
motivation and more depth than he's had at Nebraska.
"You will be proud of this team this fall not only
on the football field, but outside of football as well. These kids are
representing this program, the University, the state of Nebraska and Husker
football fans by performing well in the classroom and by their behavior
Getting back to practice. I attended
Saturday's morning practice that despite wind chill indexes in the Siberian
range, was held outdoors at Memorial Stadium. I thought we had an indoor
Okay, so maybe I'm just too wimpy. Any way,
this was my first practice of the Pelini Era. Husker fans wondering if
Bo's promise to be more involved with the offense this year was just lip
service, needn't worry. Bo and Shawn Watson spent all morning with the
And Husker fans wanting to know which quarterback
looks to be the one to beat this fall are going to probably have to wait
until September to find out. I saw all the quarterbacks perform in
live drills. The one who caught my eye was Taylor Martinez – not necessarily
because he stood out beyond the rest, but because most of us haven't
seen much of him. Know this, Martinez can fly and has a very good
arm. "He has the legs of an Eric Crouch," linebackers coach Mike Ekeler
And to be sure, if none of his receivers is
open, Martinez knows when to take off, hitting the edge like a
bullet. Most of the snaps Saturday were taken by Cody Green and Martinez,
but Ron Kellogg III, Latravis Washington and Kody Spano (wearing a green
practice jersey) all saw action.
Even Zac Lee was in on some drills, one of which
involved quarterbacks having to dodge giant inflated plastic balls thrown at
their feet. The drill is supposed to improve their footwork. Lee
probably performed the best while Cody Green had trouble at
Also, the coaches are trying to improve Green's
release. He still has a tendency sometimes to wind up before he
passes. But again, Spring Ball is for Education, Evaluation and
From the running back position, the surprise was
how quick Trey Robinson is, despite bulking up to 230 pounds. His
speed and power should pay big dividends this fall. Look for the Husker
running game, led by a fresh Roy Helu, Jr. and a healthy Rex
Burkhead to be much improved from last year's M*A*S*H*
The O-line looked good. I can't believe how
big Marcel Jones is. Yikes
PUTTING ON THE
But because the defense is so stellar (last
year's national leader in scoring defense) it might be very hard for
this offense to shine in practice. Prince Amukamara is a stud-a flat out
stud. And the linebacking tandem of Eric Martin and Alonzo Whaley is
something to see. And in case you're wondering if the defense lets up
on its own teammates, you have another think coming. On a keeper,
Martinez was running at full blast around the right side and was just
leveled by Eric Martin. Afterward, the two of them exchanged some
smack. This was typical of the morning.
If the Husker offense can move the ball on
this defense this fall, they should be able to move it on any team they
Kenny Hammer, president of the Georgians for
Nebraska, wants me to remind all of you about a special event coming up Saturday,
April 24th at the Cox Ballroom at Emory University. Special
guest speaker will be Matt "The Catch" Davison. See the details here. Husker fans won't want to miss this one!
HUSKER FANS' SALUTE TO THE
The Third Annual Husker Fans' Salute To The Troops
event is coming up the weekend of September 18th-19th at the Cornhusker Marriott
Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska.
AdoptaPlatoon is sponsoring 25 wounded warriors to
attend this year's event. Veterans, troopers from any war, from any
branch of service and their families are invited to attend the weekend
celebration. We are still looking for
donors to help with the costs. To register
for the event or to donate to this tax deductible cause, go to www.huskersalute.org.
Remember, our brave men and women who have fought
and died for our country don't ask for much. You can help honor them with
your donation. Please check out this video about troopers who are reunited
with their families.
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