News and notes from Nebraska football’s fourth practice of the 2014 season:
– The big news coming out of Thursday’s practice is that cornerback Charles Jackson will be out for the season. Bo Pelini did not specify on the injury but said Jackson would need reconstructive surgery. He sounded confident that Jackson would be able return “better than ever” and that he would be able to redshirt.
– Jackson was in good spirits in practice as he was trying to motivate the defense from the sideline yelling, “Who’s gonna turn up?”
– Practice was only about an hour long, shorter than all previous practices.
– The offensive work contained a lot of jet sweep option. This is something the Huskers ran a lot in the win against Georgia and may be a wrinkle and/or decoy that the Huskers will continue to work on.
– Armstrong, Jr. and Fyfe both looked better today as they were able to hit more accurately on short and intermediate routes, something they struggled with on Wednesday, August 6. Armstrong played a majority of the snaps with the first string offense. Fyfe started with the second team and played with the first team later in practice.
– Armstrong’s accuracy was notably better coming out of the gate as he was often targeting Kenny Bell on the intermediate routes. His best ball was a bullet to right into tight end Cethan Carter’s hands for a gain of about 10 yards despite Carter being tightly-covered.
– Quarterbacks did not throw a lot of deep balls today. At one point, Joe Ganz was yelling, “Quarterbacks, find the running backs on check downs!”
– Ameer Abdullah and Imani Cross are working with the first team offense, while Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor are working with the second unit.
– Newby ran the ball all the way to the end zone on one play well after everyone else stopped trying. Apparently, he thought he was going to get a touchdown on that play and made sure of it.
– Wide receiver Alonzo Moore, who played with the first string offense, had the play of the day as he leaped into the air to make a grab and came down hard to the ground with the ball.
– Bell had a good day getting open as he was the recipient of many of the throws down field.
– Wide receiver Brandon Reilly did not practice and was icing his left leg.
– Offensive tackle David Knevel filled in for Alex Lewis at left tackle with the first string offense as Lewis did not see action for the first couple of possessions.
– Randy Gregory was blowing by anybody not named Alex Lewis who tried to cover him during practice.
– Despite having an impressive practice and being one of the top NFL prospects in the nation, Gregory is still humble enough to listen to coach Kaz’s advice.
– Defensive ends Jack Gangwish and AJ Natter appear to be No. 2 behind McMullen and Gregory at this point.
– The linebackers continue to rotate on first string reps. Micheal Rose, David Santos and Zaire Anderson ran with the first team.
– There seems to be a lot of work on punt returning, led by coach Ron Brown. Two different drills were ran mainly focusing on the returner catching the ball.
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