Practice report, Aug. 17: Tyjon Lindsey takes step forward; No separation at RB; Starting center named

Nebraska held practice Thursday morning in Memorial Stadium.

Tyjon Lindsey is Nebraska's highest-rated recruit since 2011. In Thursday's practice, he showed why. 

Lindsey had what was likely his best day in camp, catching two deep passes, including one in double coverage. Lindsey also got open on several comeback routes and caught a touchdown during a a red-zone drill. 

"Today was a little bit better example of what he can do and what he can show," offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said. "There’s been some days where he’s played probably not as fast, where he’s thinking. But I like what I saw today."

>> Langsdorf said Nebraska's offensive line has generally protected NU's quarterbacks well during training camp, but Thursday wasn't necessarily one of those days.

NU's defense once again notched a safety and had a few key sacks during third down and red-zone drills. Langsdorf said Nebraska's defense — coordinated by Bob Diaco — is throwing some "tough" pressure packages at the Huskers. One of them was a corner blitz from Eric Lee that would have blown up quarterback Tanner Lee.

"We had a couple guys off the edge who were free and we've got to be able to call it correctly and then handle it and be on the same page," Langsdorf said. "Again, that takes some time to gel together but they're progressing nicely."

>> Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh said Cole Conrad has won the starting center job and Tanner Farmer is the the guy at right guard. 

>> No separation at running back between Tre Bryant, Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon, Langsdorf said. Bryant didn't practice with a knee injury.

"You've really got to get some live tackling in there to really have a good evaluation," Langsdorf said. "When you're doing things that aren't live, it makes it hard sometimes to see how they're hitting a hole and breaking tackles and taking on those hits. It's just a tough evaluation and we haven't really had anyone take off with that job yet." 

>> Tight end Tyler Hoppes "has had a great camp," Langsdorf said. 

"He's been a great matchup with the linebacker and the safety," Langsdorf said. "... He's probably playing as well as anybody on the offense." 

>> Langsdorf balked at giving an ideal run/pass balance for this season. 

"We always feel like we're at our best when we're balanced," Langsdorf said. "A good balance of run and then play-actions off of it. That's when we do our best. If we get too one-dimensional either way, it's not very good." 

>> Bryant, receiver Bryan Reimers, slot receiver Keyan Williams and nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg did not practice Thursday.  

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