LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska practiced in full pads for the first time on Thursday. Practice lasted a little more than two hours. Here’s what we saw.
There was an NFL scout on hand at practice. We don’t know if this is the first time one has been on hand because there could have been one or two at the closed practices. Regardless, a scout showing up at camp this early means there is interest in quarterback Tanner Lee. For the record, he looked crisp on Thursday.
Per NCAA rules, Nebraska had to practice at least twice in shorts and no pads, then once in pads with shorts. On Thursday, Nebraska broke out the full pads and practiced full contact. No injuries to report from full contact.
De’Mornay Pierson-El is back
Senior wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El is back from his sister’s wedding. He did not practice in full pads, but he was in shoulder pads and shorts. He said he feels as good as he’s ever felt. He was back returning punts and was able to still practice at full speed with the first-team offense.
Field goal units
After the firing of Bruce Read, Nebraska is coaching the special teams by committee. Here’s who is coaching the field goal unit:
- Field goal block: Cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, defensive line coach John Parrella.
- Field goal protect: Running backs coach Reggie Davis, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. Safeties coach Scott Booker is overseeing the entire operation, too.
Depth at outside receiver goes as follows: junior Stanley Morgan Jr., junior Bryan Reimers, freshman Jaevon McQuitty. Morgan said he’s been working with McQuitty and likes everything about the freshman. “He’s doing all the right stuff, asking all the right questions,” Morgan said.
Speaking of Stanley Morgan Jr.
Morgan looked great at practice. He burned some corners on 1-on-1 drills and seemed to catch everything. An encouraging sign.
Sight of the day
True freshmen Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal, both skying above 6-foot-9, were on the punt block team during some drills. Whether the two will be part of that unit isn’t final, obviously. But having two trees in the middle to block isn’t a bad idea.