A compilation of the noteworthy things that World-Herald staff writers saw and heard at Thursday's Husker football practice.
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SEEN: Nebraska operating in the two-minute drill to start practice in Memorial Stadium. The Huskers had two minutes and a couple timeouts. Both Tanner Lee and Tristan Gebbia led their units to field goals. Patrick O’Brien went four-and-out.
SEEN: Tight end Tyler Hoppes with the best catch of camp, a two-handed, leaping, twisting grab over a defender for a 25-yard gain.
SEEN: De’Mornay Pierson-El having a big series on the first team offense’s two-minute drill. Dicaprio Bootle had a nice pass breakup, though, of a pass intended for DPE.
SEEN: Deontre Thomas getting a sack of O’Brien during his two-minute drill. Thomas is pushing for playing time.
SEEN: Thomas working with the top defensive units while Damion Daniels worked with the lower units.
SEEN: Gebbia dealing with the third-teamers. He found Cozad walk-on Conor Young twice on his two-minute drive.
SEEN: Nebraska’s top dime defense, which included some fun pressure packages and Bootle and Antonio Reed taking the field.
SEEN: Redshirt freshman Tony Butler moving from safety to cornerback.
SEEN: Lee getting touch-sacked three times during a third-down drill, with outside linebacker Luke Gifford twice wreaking the havoc.
SEEN: Solid kicking and punting from Drew Brown and Caleb Lightbourn.
HEARD: “It’s my Little League number.” — Joshua Kalu, on why he switched his jersey number to 46
SEEN: Outside linebacker Alex Davis rushing the edge for a sack and pressuring multiple quarterbacks during two-minute drill simulations.
SEEN: Senior Kieron Williams bobbing in rhythm from his safety position as Terror Squad’s “Lean Back” played over the speakers.
SEEN: Senior cornerback Chris Jones — who suffered a knee injury last month that could keep him out until midseason — standing without crutches or any noticeable knee brace on the sideline. He played some catch with safeties coach Scott Booker.
SEEN: Jones working gently on backpeddles and opening moves for coverage.
HEARD: “That was a good drill.” — Nebraska coach Mike Riley to a graduate assistant while watching linebackers finish up a block-shedding exercise.
HEARD: A boom, as cornerback Lamar Jackson hit DB Jose Marquez and the pad he was holding during a drill.
SEEN: Redshirt freshman linebacker Collin Miller getting help putting a brace on his left wrist while watching the defense from the sideline.
SEEN: Lee beating the defense for scores on three straight plays from the 15-yard line. The first went to Bryan Reimers over the middle. Lee hit Hoppes in a tight window for the second. Then Lee found senior Gabe Rahn, who escaped linebacker Dedrick Young with a quick move.
HEARD AND SEEN: “Hey, Stan!” — Jones to wideout Stanley Morgan, before lifting his arms in a touchdown gesture. Morgan had just caught a Tristan Gebbia fade pass at the left edge of the end zone that officials ruled out of bounds. Morgan nodded, while cornerbacks coach Donte Williams barked “No!” with a smile.
SEEN: Kieron Williams downing a punt inside the 5-yard line, then getting swarmed by teammates.