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Notes From Nebraska Football's Third Practice

News and notes from Nebraska football’s third practice of the 2014 season:

– Tim Beck worked in the backup quarterbacks a bit more to get a better look at them. Ryker Fyfe took a number of snaps with the No. 1 unit (last two drives by the offense).

– There doesn’t appear to be much seperation between Fyfe and Armstrong at this point besides experience.

– Fyfe hit a couple deep balls, but like Armstrong, his intermediate throwing has been suspect thus far. Beck said Fyfe got a good amount of snaps at No. 2 heading into the Iowa game last season. He appears to be very elusive for his wiry frame and is a good threat in the running game.

– Armstrong didn’t have a particularly impressive practice, but didn’t have the opportunities Fyfe did.

– Stanton appears to be behind both at this point as he is still adjusting to the speed of the college game. Continues to overthrow targets.

– AJ Bush has the look of a college quarterback (tallest and good overall build). Has a nice spiral. Hasn’t played against the No. 1 defense yet. Also adjusting to the speed of the game.

– Running back Adam Taylor passes the eye test as a big back with good vision and quickness. Has a lot of wiggle to him for a big guy. Absolutely trucked Aaron Curry.

– Sam Burtch, Brandon Reilly and Kenny Bell were No. 1 wide receivers.

– Tight end Cethan Carter showed he still has ability to get open, but dropped a wide open throw and nearly caused a pick. Definitely needs to work on his hands before he can be a major weapon.

– Defensive tackle Kevin Williams continues to work with No. 1 defense as Valentine/Collins rotate out. Defensive tackle depth looks very good Kevin Maurice showed good explosiveness in the offensive line vs. defensive line drills.

– Defensive end Greg McMullen especially impressed during the offensive line vs. defensive line drill (pass rushing) as he blew up Zach Sterup a few times.

He also covered Cross on a wheel route out of the backfield and broke up a pass. (Cross appeared to be slightly banged up on the play).

– Linebacker Trevor Roach trotted out with the No. 1 defense along with Anderson and Banderas. Rose didn’t play much, but is a vocal leader on the sideline. Santos didn’t play much with No.1s, if at all.

– Coach Kaz was trying to get Marcus Newby in on the third and longs as the rush end (on the No. 2 team). He did a good job, once chasing the quarterback out of the pocket.

– Defense dominated the scrimmages and seven-on-seven drills, aside from one big pass from Fyfe to Bell (Chris Jones on the coverage). Also hard to tell about the running game in those drills as defense isn’t tackling to the ground.

– Charles Jackson was out with a brace on his left leg.  Byerson Cockrell played the nickel spot in his absence.

– Defensive back Kieron Williams stood out on the No. 2 defense. Really flew around and got some pass breakups.

– Kicking game had issues as both Bondi and Brown missed field goals under 30 yards. Brown missed three straight from 25-28 yards on the right hash.

– Chemistry on team seems to be really good. Randy Gregory and Alex Lewis were talking across the field during a short break about one of their battles. Ameer Abdullah picked up Kenny Bell at the end of practice and carried him over his shoulder to the tubs.

– Other players to get 1st string reps: TE Sam Cotton, CB Chris Jones, WR Alonzo Moore, CB Daniel Davie

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