Practice Notes: Nebraska WR De’Mornay Pierson-El impresses, but offense lulls in scrimmage
LINCOLN, Neb. – For the second time in fall camp, the Nebraska football team scrimmaged in Memorial Stadium on a Saturday morning. Some notes:
- Junior WR De’Mornay Pierson-El looked like his old self on Saturday, catching quite a few balls on both the first and second team offense. Pierson-El, who was a second-team All-American his freshman season, hardly played his sophomore year after suffering two injuries during the season. The junior also caught a few punts.
- Riley said after practice he was pleased with Pierson-El’s progress so far. Both Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly did not practice on Saturday, which gave Pierson-El more reps on both the first and second team, which Riley was pleased to see.
- Senior QB Tommy Armstrong struggled early on in practice. The first drill on Saturday was a 2-minute drill that Riley wasn’t too pleased with. He called the offense “sloppy” and said there’s still a lot of work to be done in that realm. Once the team started playing live, though, Riley was happier with the production, but not completely satisfied.
- Freshman lineman Boe Wilson took most of the reps for the left guard position that is now open after Riley announced on Friday Jerald Foster will be out for the season with a torn MCL. Riley did not say Wilson will for certain be the starter but he “will be in that discussion.”
- Three scholarships were given to walk-ons this week. Senior LB Brad Simpson, senior DT Logan Wrath and senior I-back Graham Nabity are now all on scholarship.
- Captains will be announced in the next week, Riley said.
- The punting battle between freshmen Caleb Lightbourn and Isaac Armstrong is close and the decision on who will be the starting punter will be announced soon, Riley said.
- No starter has been named in the safety position opposite senior Nate Gerry but Aaron Williams was impressive during the scrimmage, picking off Armstrong once and nearly intercepting a pass from Ryker Fyfe later in the practice.