The already thin Nebraska secondary lost another member, likely for the rest of the spring. Junior Chris Jones had an infection surgically removed.
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker informed the media of the Jones news after Tuesday's practice, which NU conducted with just four scholarship options at cornerback. Junior Boaz Joseph took reps with the first-team. Redshirt freshman Eric Lee said he got extra looks Tuesday.
The Huskers are already without sophomore safety Antonio Reed. Another sophomore safety, Aaron Williams, just returned to practice — though Banker indicated that the staff is still monitoring him closely.
Consider too that Nebraska spent much of the recruiting cycle looking for help to increase secondary depth. True freshmen Dicaprio Bootle, Tony Butler, Marquel Dismuke, JoJo Domann and Lamar Jackson will all join the team this summer.
Banker's already planning to prepare two or three of those incoming freshmen for part-time roles (at the very least).
For now, the Huskers are short on numbers. And they'll deal with it.
"First of all, we need to get all of our guys healthy," Banker said. "You always want to play with your best guys. But I'll take (the injuries) now, than during the course of the season."
Other notes from Tuesday's practice:
>> Banker said much of the defense's meeting time this spring has been spent on reviewing their "go-to" blitz calls. They haven't practiced them too much on the field just yet (so as not to detract from the offense's objectives). They have had a couple sessions against the scout team, though.
>> The little things are what Banker said he's working on with Aaron Williams. For example: Pre-snap body position. Because sometimes the way you're standing reveals to the offense what coverage you're in or what routes you may be trying to take away. "It's more details than anything, and refinement of that," Banker said.
>> Banker said the Huskers would like to have Williams earn the starting nickel job next fall (he'll also take snaps at safety). That way junior Joshua Kalu can play consistently at cornerback.
>> Junior defensive end A.J. Natter said he's practicing with a broken thumb (right hand). He has a cast on to protect it. Natter said he's just fine.