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: Linebacker Tyrin Ferguson and wideout Keyshawn Johnson Jr. in practice. Both had missed the bulk of the first five practices.
SEEN: A big day for the defensive backs in drills, especially Chris Jones, who was draped all over his assignments most of the day.
SEEN: Wideout Dexter McDonald badly beating safety Marquel Dismuke in a coverage drill.
SEEN: Safety Aaron Williams perfectly playing a coverage during a drill to the point where cornerbacks coach Donte Williams came over to celebrate.
SEEN: When wideout Brady Pelzer beat defensive back Joshua Kalu during a drill — coming up with a dramatic catch — all of the wideouts ran out to celebrate with him.
SEEN: In one-on-one pass rush drills, Khalil Davis and Jerald Foster faced off four times. Davis won the first one, then they stalemated on the second. Foster knocked Davis to the ground on the third, and Davis demanded a fourth, with Foster appearing to win.
SEEN: Mikale Wilbon getting the most overall snaps on the day with Devine Ozigbo a little slowed up.
SEEN: Chris Jones intercepting quarterback Tanner Lee in a 7-on-7 drill on a tipped pass off the hands of wideout Keyan Williams. There was some presnap confusion on the route.
SEEN: Jacob Weinmaster making plays at linebacker. The sophomore from Loveland, Colorado, knocked down a Tristan Gebbia pass during 7-on-7 drills, then collected an interception a few plays later.
SEEN: Defensive lineman Peyton Newell stretching out an apparent cramp between drills.
SEEN: Defensive back Eric Lee intercepting Tanner Lee on a jump-ball fade pass into the right corner of the end zone.
SEEN: Redshirt freshman Dicaprio Bootle make one of the final defensive plays of the practice with a goal-line interception of O’Brien.
HEARD: Running back Devine Ozigbo, to an NU staffer as his position group trotted onto the outdoor field at the Hawks Center: “My back’s just tight. Just tight.”
SEEN: Sophomore strong safety JoJo Domann all over the field against the offense. He deflected a pass that Mohamed Barry picked off in the end zone. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound DB also forced a fumble and intercepted Patrick O’Brien on an ill-advised throw on a fade route. He could have had another turnover off O’Brien on a rollout but dropped the ball.
HEARD: “When you get that ball, keep it high and tight!” Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to his defenders during an interception drills. Players had to run out to their spots, converge when Diaco threw the ball to a safety, then block for the safety as he ran back to the end zone.
HEARD: “I think it’s kind of nice break — both physically and mentally — to get a rest and kind of recharge for that second half.” Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf on why NU chooses to split its spring camp with a weeklong spring break in the middle.
HEARD: Wide receivers coach Keith Williams reminding his players that much of the position is “about geometry” and “higher angles.”
HEARD: “Way to keep playing,” Diaco said to wideout Bryan Reimers in front of the defense after Reimers caught a touchdown pass across the middle from Patrick O’Brien. O’Brien had waited a few beats longer than usual before making the throw.