LINCOLN, Neb. - With the temps rising, the Big Ten Network looking on and the Nebraska band practicing off in the distance, the Husker football team returned to the practice field on Monday for an afternoon workout.
Offensive coordinator Tim Beck talked with the media after the 1.5 hour-long practice about what he saw during the session.
“I am pleased. There is progress, and I think that is all you can ask at this point,” Beck said. “Too many drops today, but we threw the ball on time and our guys are doing some good things. Again, I like where we are at and where we are going.”
For a portion of Beck’s interview session, you can watch this video below:
Armstrong has a strong day:
Sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong had a few overthrows, but for the most part looked the part of a starting quarterback on Monday, as he separates himself from Grand Island product Ryker Fyfe.
“He seemed to really step his game up, much more crisp in the passing game, much more decisive in the running game, read and option games.” Beck said. “I saw a little extra gear in him (Armstrong), separating himself a little bit.
“We are still evaluating that right now. I am really still evaluating all of them at this point. Tommy has been doing some really good things, Ryker (Fyfe) and Johnny (Stanton) both had a good day today. They all possess some things that make them pretty good players.”
What impressed Big Red Report on Monday was how Armstrong handled the blitz compared to the other quarterbacks on the roster, easily stepping into the pocket, getting rid of the football, or tucking to run. The sophomore has seemed to really grow in the area the last few weeks.
Moudy taking ownership of the team:
Offensive lineman Mike Moudy has waited his turn. Now the senior says it’s time for a player like himself to take ownership of this team heading into the 2014 season.
“This goes fast, I can’t believe I’m already here,” said Moudy after five years in the program. “This is the time you take ownership of the team and the seniors have done that.”
The Colorado native sat out of spring practices with a shoulder injury, but has battled back to be the apparent starter at right guard opposite of Jake Cotton.
Moudy, who sat behind Spencer Long last fall camp, says his time was the now Washington Redskin offensive lineman was invaluable.
“Seeing his reaction to things that happened during the game bleeds out to the rest of the offensive line,” said Moudy. “His emotions and attitude to the game spread out to everyone else, everyone was able to feed off that.”
Moudy replaced Long after the All-American torn his knee against Purdue early in Big Ten play last season.
“Even though he was in a mentorship role with me after Purdue, he was there with me,” said Moudy. “I would come off the sidelines and he would tell me what I did right, what I did wrong, and I would be ready. I wouldn’t make that mistake again.”
Big Red Report will post a video of Moudy answering questions later on Monday night.
Harvey’s practice donuts:
* Nebraska junior defensive tackle Kevin Williams was carted off the field with an apparent right-knee injury. The Ohio native has already torn his ACL twice in his career. Head coach Bo Pelini will speak on Wednesday, but depth at the position could be extremely hurt if Williams will miss any time after Aaron Curry decided to transfer this weekend.
* Rest of the injury report: LS.) Gabe Miller (out-back), TE.) Greg Hart (out), RB.) Terrell Newby was back at practice (looked good), FB.) Andy Janovich (out-knee), OG.) Tanner Farmer (limited with ice on shoulder some of practice), WR.) Brandon Reilly was back at practice, OT.) Zach Sterup (out-leg wrapped).
* Junior cornerback Daniel Davie continued to work with the first-team, while junior Jonathan Rose worked with the second during 11-on-11 work. If there was time where Rose got first-team reps, Big Red Report didn’t see it.
* Two-minute drill belonged to the defense today, beating both the first and second team offense. The offense was given 1:25 on the clock with a timeout, needing a field goal to win, from their 25 yard line. Both teams got two cracks at it, both times they were denied by the defense.
* During one drive today, defensive end/linebacker Marcus Newby subbed in for defensive tackle Vincent Valentine. Greg McMullen slide over to DT and Newby at DE. It’s the first-time Big Red Report has seen the combination this year.
* Nathan Gerry struggled as a long snapper today, having at least three bad snaps that were not catchable by punter Sam Foltz. A couple other plays, Foltz showed he was a high school receiver, snagging them out of the air with one hand and in the same motion kicking it (really saving Gerry from another bad snap) – most punters would not have been able to handle the snap. Josh Faulkenberry had a much better day. Primarily the field goal snapper, it wouldn’t be surprised to see him get some more punt team snaps in the very near future.
* Wide receiver Sam Burtch struggled to hold onto the football on Monday as he battles with sophomore Alonzo Moore and junior Taariq Allen for reps. Burtch had multiple drops, including a big one in the two-minute drill. The catch would have been a first-down.
* The play of the day belonged to wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, who caught a ball during on a seam-route that burned linebacker Josh Banderas for a touchdown. It would have been about a 50-60 yard strike. A few plays later, Jamal Turner caught the same pass on the defense, which could have been a touchdown (although I think the quarterback might have been sacked in a real game).
* The Big Ten Network was in full force, as the Tour Bus made it’s fall camp stop in Lincoln. The best tweet of the day from the crew:
BTN Bus Tour #Huskers Secondary - physically one of the best looking if not best looking back end groups we've seen.— Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) August 18, 2014
* Kicker Mauro Bondi will be featured in a full-report tomorrow, but the junior says he’s taking the mentality of play now or never. He also is very impressed with how Drew Brown has handled the situation. Bondi was in his shoes a few years ago, trying to kick over Brett Maher.