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Nebraska players warm up before Saturday’s practice, where senior receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El had a standout day.

A compilation of the noteworthy things that World-Herald staff writers saw and heard at Saturday's Husker football practice.

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HEARD: “Is your mind saying, ‘I can’t believe that happened to us’? Or is your mind saying, ‘Here we go, let’s go get them’?” — Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, to players as they lined up for drills at the beginning of practice.

SEEN: Freshman Jaevon McQuitty wearing a black compression band on his left shoulder.

SEEN: McQuitty dropping a one-handed attempt during passing warmups. De’Mornay Pierson-El caught a ball with his left hand moments later after pushing through contact at the line of scrimmage.

SEEN AND HEARD: Offensive lineman Nick Gates slamming his pads to the turf in frustration after an early play against the defense.

HEARD: Praise for sophomore wideout Conor Young, from coach Keith Williams and teammates after a series of catches.

HEARD: “This isn’t warmup. This is full-tilt boogie.” — Williams to his receivers during a footwork drill.

HEARD: “What does your mind tell you?” — Diaco encouraging his defense through a drill.

SEEN: DaiShon Neal doing well in a pass rush drill against both David Knevel and Matt Farniok, who were working at right tackle.

SEEN: Peyton Newell with several good turns in a pass rush drill.

SEEN: A club of sorts, with a Blackshirts wrap on the handle, sitting on a table next to a golden football on a tee. The football, coach Mike Riley said, is for the “top ball distractor” of the week. He didn’t know what the bat was for.

HEARD: “Don’t know what you’re talking about.” — Diaco, when asked about the bat.

SEEN: A new video board inside the Hawks Championship Center that’s being used as a replay board for practice. After a play is over, the board rewinds and shows the play from a sideline angle.

SEEN: Stanley Morgan with two one-handed grabs.

SEEN: Two sharp throws from Patrick O’Brien on deep in routes.

SEEN: A big day for Pierson-El, who consistently got open against coverage.

SEEN: Farniok working as the No. 2 right tackle while Cole Conrad was working as the No. 2 left tackle. For now, the No. 1 right tackle is David Knevel, while the No. 1 center is Michael Decker.

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