Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said Wednesday after Husker football practice that quarterback Tommy Armstrong looked good enough in practice that he can take a full load of quarterback run plays — should NU need them — in Saturday's game at Indiana.
"He ran around pretty well today," Langsdorf said of Armstrong. Based on the practice, Langsdorf said, he had little concern for Armstrong in Saturday's game.
More quick hits from practice availability, which includes coaches and players on the offense:
>> Senior Brandon Reilly will play the slot — taking the place of an injured Jordan Westerkamp — on Saturday. Stanley Morgan will play some in the slot, as well. Reilly said he likes the spot because of its "creativity" and Langsdorf said Reilly's speed can be an asset working against linebackers.
>> Indiana's defense is stingy, Langsdorf said, because it disguises its coverage schemes well before the snap and good blitzes.
"They don't just line up and stand there," Langsdorf said. "They move around, which makes it hard on the quarterback. That's a concern."
>> Indiana defensive tackle Nate Hoff is a "good bull rusher" with several moves, Langsdorf said. Nebraska's offensive line will have to handle him. Langsdorf joined his boss, coach Mike Riley, in praising true freshman nickel Marcelino Ball.
>> Ball security has been an emphasis among the backs, Langsdorf said, and lost fumbles have hurt the Huskers' red zone production.
>> The Nos. 5 and 6 receivers in this game — should Nebraska need them — will be walk-ons Gabe Rahn and Bryan Reimers. Wideouts coach Keith Williams said he's confident in those two, both of whom have touchdown catches this season.
>> Nebraska has offered a couple of dual-threat quarterbacks for the 2018 recruiting class, but Langsdorf said his and Riley's most important emphasis is to have a guy "who can make some throws."
"Running's always been a bonus," Langsdorf said. Looking for athleticism in the quarterback, Langsdorf said, has "evolved" in college football.