HEARD: “What do I want my finish to be?” — linebackers coach Trent Bray asking one of his players about tackling technique after a play. Even when NU’s defenders aren’t bringing guys to the ground, the entire defensive staff has emphasized proper positioning at the point of contact.
SEEN: Cornerbacks coach Brian Stewart and the defensive backs doing 10 pushups after a set of one-on-one drills with the receivers.
SEEN: Former Huskers Vincent Valentine, Daniel Davie, Zach Sterup and Jack Gangwish on the sidelines.
SEEN: A well-executed screen pass from Tommy Armstrong to I-back Devine Ozigbo, who scampered downfield for about 20 yards.
SEEN: A couple of diving pass breakups by two walk-on defensive backs, junior Noah Gabel and senior Tanner Zlab.
HEARD: “Get off the block! Get off the block!” — Defensive coordinator Mark Banker coaching redshirt freshman safety Avery Anderson. Banker’s been tough on Anderson this spring — he sees the potential. Anderson worked a little with the top group on Thursday.
HEARD: “I would have got smacked. I caught it, but I would have got smacked to where they would have said, ‘Dear Mr. and Mrs. Moore, your son lived a great life, but he’s gone.’” — Wide receiver Alonzo Moore, explaining what would have happened after a long catch he made over cornerback Chris Jones and safety Kieron Williams.
SEEN: AJ Bush throwing what amounted to two pick-sixes during a skeleton period. One was on a pass out in the flat that Bush threw late right into the arms of Creighton Koley.
SEEN: Patrick O’Brien throwing the best pass of the day, and perhaps of all month, a perfect deep ball down the right sideline to a Husker reserve. The ball couldn’t have been placed any better.
SEEN: Middle linebacker Chris Weber snuffing out a draw play, beating the block of Jalin Barnett.
SEEN: Chris Jones wagging his finger at Armstrong after he broke up a pass intended for Keyan Williams. Jones also intercepted Armstrong later in the practice.
SEEN: The Iowa Western coaching staff taking in practice.
SEEN: Top quarterback target Jack Coan taking in practice. The 2017 prospect from Sayville, New York, spent most of practice talking with director of player personnel Ryan Gunderson and new executive personnel director Billy Devaney.
SEEN: Left tackle Nick Gates violently blindsiding Kieron Williams on a screen pass. The play was legal but vicious, and other defenders didn’t like it, since they can’t tackle skill players to the ground.