Nebraska running backs

Nebraska running backs Imani Cross, No. 32, and Devine Ozigbo work on blocking during practice Tuesday. Coach Mike Riley said Ozigbo, linebacker Dedrick Young and receiver Stanley Morgan are “very comfortable fitting in” as freshmen.

LINCOLN — Plenty of new people have been leading the Husker football program in the transition to a new coaching staff.

Senior I-back Imani Cross appreciates everything he’s learning from Reggie Davis, his new position coach, and everyone else on Mike Riley’s staff.

When asked after Tuesday’s practice about former teammate Ameer Abdullah and what kind of legacy the Detroit Lions rookie left, Cross took a moment to reflect not only about Abdullah’s impact, but also former running backs coach Ron Brown.

“It’s crazy not having Ameer here because I was with him for three years,” Cross said. “It was really Coach Brown.

“Coach Brown really instilled a great work ethic in us. All the guys — me, Terrell (Newby), Jordan Nelson, Andy Janovich — we still have that culture in us. ... We continue to pass that along to guys behind us, and we continue to try to lead by example.”

Cross said the younger players are keeping that tradition going, in part because of the work ethic demonstrated by Abdullah and taught by Brown — one that Cross said has been reinforced and embraced by Davis.

“Yeah, they understand it,” Cross said. “The tradition. Coach Davis has talked about it, the tradition here and the work it takes to be an every-down back here at the University of Nebraska.”

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