LINCOLN — Sophomore quarterback Ryker Fyfe said one key to his improvement in the offseason was the way he approached practice.
The walk-on from Grand Island made a push this spring, he said, because he quit worrying about the next mistake. He just played. He didn’t want to describe the style as “carefree,” but it was something along those lines.
“I decided I’m just going to go out there and attack it,” Fyfe said. “Just have confidence every day and have energy and know what you can do — and you’ll be fine.”
The result: Fyfe’s taken over the No. 2 quarterback spot behind expected starter Tommy Armstrong.
But nothing is settled yet. Fyfe said he plans to keep working.
“I felt like I came out pretty good here in fall camp,” he said. “I thought I was looking pretty good. I was completing a lot of passes and moving the offense well.”
Receiver time up for grabs
Senior Kenny Bell seems to be the only Nebraska receiver who could make a confident prediction about his role this fall.
At this point, everyone else is battling for a chance in preseason practice.
Sophomore Alonzo Moore is in that group of contenders for playing time. Teammates say he’s performed well this month, but he’s not ready to relax.
“Everybody’s doing great,” Moore said. “There’s great competition. There isn’t any day where you can come out and have a bad day — because other guys are having great days back-to-back, back-to-back.”
Moore’s in a group of about eight receivers who have rotated in with the first-team offense at some point during preseason camp. Bell’s the only one who had more than 20 catches last year.
Moore, who finished with six receptions, knows he can earn some quality game minutes this fall. But he’ll have to continue to improve.
“For me,” he said, “I just keep competing day by day.”