Nebraska coach Mike Riley has made an assortment of comments about the Husker rushing attack through fall camp, but Saturday spoke positively of its potential when asked for any read on his team a week before it opens the 2015 season.
Even with the loss of Ameer Abdullah, Riley said: “I think we got a chance to have a consistent running game that can attack in different ways.”
“I feel good about that,” he said. “And I think we got the ability to be a little versatile in the running game, using receivers and quarterbacks and runners.”
Riley also said one thing the Husker offense must do is generate big plays. He called it a trademark of productive offensive teams.
“So I think we’re capable of that, but we got to make that happen,” he said. “That’s got to be real.”
Defensively, Riley pointed to tackling in the open field and big-play prevention in the passing game as important tasks. Then also added that he believes that unit is capable of handling those two elements.
Some other items from Saturday as the Huskers practiced inside Memorial Stadium:
>> Riley spoke highly of the work done by quarterback Tommy Armstrong after being asked to learn and run a new system: "He is very invested. He’s very competitive. He really wants everything to go well and he works at it to make it go well. I’ve been very impressed with that.”
>> The expectation is that offensive tackle Alex Lewis (knee), cornerback Daniel Davie (groin) and linebacker Josh Banderas (groin) will be ready to practice Monday. Riley also hasn't yet ruled out tight end Trey Foster (ankle) for the BYU game next Saturday, and said receiver Brandon Reilly (hamstring) continues to improve.
>> Riley on his assessment of the Huskers heading into their first game week preparations: "I don’t know if I’ve ever given a different answer than this in my whole life: We always want more and better."