Lincoln, NE - With exactly one week until the Nebraska Red-White Spring Game, the Huskers took the practice field on Saturday. Bo Pelini's squad practiced for the first hour and then spent the last hour and a half scrimmaging – running somewhere in the range of a 100 plays.
“I thought it was a good go,” Pelini said. “There was a lot of good competition. We got a lot of guys reps, so we’ll evaluate it and see where we are.
“Obviously this is a team game, but were mixing and matching and putting a lot of different guys in different positions...It’s not about having ones and twos and threes and all that. We’re trying to get guys reps and trying to get guys better individually. Obviously it’s a team game and we’re trying to work together, but sometimes it hard to evaluate where you are as far as a units are concerned because we’re not really playing that way right now. It’s about developing each guy individually and we’ll see where we are after we evaluate this tape and move forward.”
For the second straight week, Nebraska senior running back Rex Burkhead was held out of the scrimmage.
“He obviously got a lot his reps in the first hour of practice,” Pelini said. “Rex took a lot of hits in the fall and right now we want to develop those young guys and get them the reps and the scrimmage situation. Ameer (Abdullah) and Aaron (Green) ran really well today. They did some really good things out there. I think we are moving along at the running back spot.”
According to the Omaha World Herald's Sam McKewon, Nebraska ran the ball nearly 65 percent of the time last year. When asked if the Huskers wanted to be closer to 50/50 in 2012, Pelini pointed to Taylor Martinez's growth in the offense in getting it done.
“Taylor has been sharp. He’s throwing the football well. I think he has a lot better understanding of how to use the system,” said Pelini. “That’s where were heading. I think he’s playing good football for us right now. He’s throwing the football really well.”
With just one week left, the biggest position battle might be at the center spot. With three players vying for the starting spot going into fall camp, it appears junior Cole Pensick is still in the lead.
“It's good competition. I think Cole is probably ahead,” said Pelini. “But like I have said, we have three centers that are playing good football right now. It will be interesting to see this scrimmage and how it grades out.
“All three guys could play winning football for us and we feel really good about it.”
Nebraska will return to the practice field on Monday.