A year ago, defensive coordinator Mark Banker said he was walking through the weight room and trying to figure out names. Coach Mike Riley said he knew the recruits better than the returning Huskers.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said NU spent a good amount of time teaching the basics (how to huddle up). The players were learning everything — from terminology, to technique, to the playbook, to philosophy.
So it's safe to say that everyone is pretty excited that the Huskers won't be going through that process again when spring practice begins in four weeks.
Said defensive backs coach Brian Stewart: "I think the big thing is, we all get to be together and it's not a learning process for everybody in the spring. It's a growing process. It's a finishing process and progression. We're excited about that. Now this spring, we're fine-tuning. We know who we're going to play. We know how we're going to play."
Below are some other quick roster-related notes shared Wednesday by NU's assistant coaches, who appeared on Nebraska's official website during its national signing day video production...
>> Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf on Tulane transfer quarterback Tanner Lee, who'll sit out the 2016 season: “He is going to provide some experience, some quality experience. He's played a couple years of college football. There's kind of a gap there in classes that we wanted to fill, having the two seniors next year with Ryker (Fyfe) and Tommy (Armstrong). Once you lose those two, you want to be able to have enough depth in different classes. So that provided a need there.”
>> Receivers coach Keith Williams was on Tulane's staff for one season when Lee was its quarterback. Williams' thoughts: "He's a heck of a talent. He's got great arm talent, leadership. He's just one of the guys. He'll fit in well here. He's a great player."
>> Williams' son has joined Nebraska's program. Keyan Williams (a Fresno State transfer). Here are the comments from Dad: “I'm happy that he's here. He's going to fit in well with these guys. He understands work ethic. He knows what he needs to do, so he'll be ready to go.”
>> Defensive coordinator Mark Banker said redshirt freshman defensive tackle Carlos Davis is weighing in at 296 pounds and redshirt freshman defensive end Alex Davis is up to 248.
>> Stewart said redshirt freshman Avery Anderson will practice at safety this spring. Redshirt freshman Eric Lee will practice as a cornerback.
>> It'll be an important spring for all of the offensive linemen, but Mike Cavanaugh mentioned redshirt freshman Christian Gaylord specifically. "We're going to see how it goes in the spring and force-feed him. He's got to really have a great offseason," Cavanaugh said of Gaylord. "He's got a lot of tools. A good athlete. He's got the length that you're looking for."