Coach Bo Pelini and several Nebraska players met with reporters Tuesday night after their 10th practice of the month. The reviews seem to be positive.
We’ll have plenty more on the team in Wednesday’s edition of The World-Herald. For now, here are some quick notes on the Huskers…
>> Pelini said true freshman Nate Gerry is taking reps at linebacker, both on the weakside (WILL) and on the strongside (BUCK). He’s played a bit of dime back, too, according to Pelini. “He can do a lot of different things to help our football team,” Pelini said of the 6-foot-2, 210 pounder. … Redshirt freshman Jared Afalava and junior Austin Williams are also working at the BUCK (strongside) spot.
>> True freshman Josh Banderas is a middle linebacker now, and he seems to be adjusting well to a position that carries a lot of responsibility, according to Pelini. Plenty of room for Banderas to get better, but… “He takes control,” Pelini said. “He’s got all the right attributes to be a very, very good (middle linebacker).”
>> Only one major injury so far in camp, Pelini said. Redshirt freshman tight end Jared Blum (undisclosed) is out for the year.
>> Some talk about punt and kick return Tuesday. It’s too early to make any determinations about who’ll win the position battles, according to Pelini. He said the focus is on fundamentals at this point. A few of the guys catching kicks so far: junior Ameer Abdullah, junior Jamal Turner, freshman Terrell Newby, redshirt freshman Alonzo Moore and junior Kenny Bell.
>> An update on the secondary, from Pelini: Senior Stanley Jean-Baptiste and junior Josh Mitchell are the Huskers’ top two cornerbacks in the nickel formation. Sophomores Jonathan Rose and Daniel Davie are “fighting for playing time” behind those two, Pelini said. Senior Andrew Green is taking most of his reps at safety. Senior Ciante Evans is the top nickel back (he’ll play corner in the 4-3 base formation) and his backup is senior Mo Seisay.
>> Pelini had more to say about Jean-Baptiste: “Up to this point, this is the best week he’s ever had in our program.”
>> The worst practice of camp for quarterback Taylor Martinez was the first one, Pelini said. Martinez has improved since, according to Pelini. “He’s growing,” he said. “He’s in control of the offense. He’s making good decisions.”