LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska practiced in full pads for the first time in fall camp on Tuesday. Some notes from practice:
Fyfe is ready
Ryker Fyfe has been in Lincoln for five years now, and this year, more than ever, he’s ready to step in if QB Tommy Armstrong goes down.
“You just gotta prepare every day,” Fyfe said after practice. “Prepare and do like Tommy does, read the defense, do it like him as if I’m the starter so if I ever have to go in, I just pick it up from there.”
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf likes Fyfe’s progression as a quarterback so far.
“I love how he worked through the winter,” Langsdorf said. “I think he’s in the best shape of his life. He brags about it. He feels good about it. I think he looks good, and he’s throwing the ball well. I think he’s doing a nice job through the spring. I think he’s lot more comfortable calling the plays, executing the play, getting guys lined up right. He looks a lot further along. ”
When Armstrong was injured late last season, Fyfe stepped in and started his first game at Purdue. He ended up throwing for 407 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.
Since then, Armstrong has started.
Fyfe had a good practice in the in the 7-on-7 drill, throwing eight passes and completing five. Armstrong, meanwhile, completed three passes out of eight and threw two interceptions.
It was just one drill, and Armstrong is still the clear starter, but Fyfe says he’s ready if push comes to shove.
“There’s been times when I want to go,” Fyfe said, “but when you’re sitting second string you’re always a play away.”
Stanley Morgan Jr. not ‘out of control’ anymore
With sweat beads dripping off of his face, sophomore WR Stanley Morgan Jr. summed up the first day in pads.
“It’s hot,” he said, “but it was fun though.”
Morgan is most likely behind three receivers in the depth chart: Jordan Westerkamp, Brandon Riley and Alonzo Moore. But Morgan likes where he’s at and his approach this year.
“Everybody’s getting better just watching everybody. Just soaking everybody in,” he said.
A year ago, as a freshman, Morgan said he was a little out of control, trying to show off a bit for the coaches. Now he’s settled down and is OK with where he stands among the wide receivers.
“Nobody feels like they’re above anybody,” he said. “Everybody’s feeling, no matter if you’re a 2 or 3 or 4, you work through everybody’s film and learn from everybody’s film.”
Brandon Reilly could become great
Wide receivers coach Keith Williams sees it in Brandon Reilly. Right now it’s just about getting Reilly to see it for himself.
“He has to talk himself into (being great),” Williams said. “I think he’s a better player than I think he thinks he is.”
Reilly was second on the team last season in catches with 40 and averaged 18.9 yards per reception. The year before, Riley had six catches.
Williams thinks Reilly probably doesn’t see it because of how quickly he went from non-factor to offensive weapon.
“Because all of this has happened fast for him,” Williams said, “I don’t think he realizes his potential.”