- Keith Williams didn't practice today, according to Head Coach
Bo Pelini. He said that Williams had a pulled muscle, but could have
participated in practice if needed. But they opted to keep him out for
today and probably for tomorrow.
- Pelini said that they are
working two main groups right now during practice, which was a
shoulder-pad and helmet practice today. Pelini said things are going in a
little easier, at least for the older guys. "It's good for the older
guys, not so good for the younger guys, because we are a little more
aggressive in our install," he said. "We're getting a good mix of
getting the older guys reps and getting the younger guys taught."
regard to the 105-man roster which Pelini said after practice today
kind of hamstrings the team a bit, the final man, Mr. 105 who he
wouldn't identify, will be back tomorrow.
- Pelini was asked
about how deep his team is and if that makes it harder for a freshman to
break into the two-deep. "At some positions it's a little bit harder,
but our freshman group has done a good job," he said. "Right now I think
it's a talented group of kids. I think some of them have really stepped
up and done a good job, and some are a little further advances than
others. We'll just kind of see how it goes. Time will tell."
to Tim Beck, he said he was pleasantly surprised at the progression of
not just the top tier of players considering of Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead, but other players which he said includes basically the entire
list of guys at the position. The heat helps competition, he said, and
he's noticed how Helu specifically has become a bigger leader than he's
been prior. He said that Roy has really stepped up and is trying to lead
these younger guys rather than just trying to work on what he does.
to Eric Martin, he said this year is totally different for him as he
has completely immersed himself in the playbook, studying the defense,
learning his keys - everything. He said he's gotten to know it so well
he could teach some other teams all about what they do. Right now Martin
is at 245 pounds, which is exactly what he's supposed to be at. He
weighed himself right after practice and it was 246.5 lbs., but he said
you take two pounds off for the shoes. :-)
- Offensive Line Coach
Barney Cotton recalled last year how they were struggling to find a
good rotation on the line, simply because they didn't have the bodies
with the kind of experience needed to perform. Knock on wood, he likes
the potential of the kind of rotation this year, which might allow him
to play eight guys during any one particular game. As you may or may not
know, Barney has said that he doesn't like rotating at center too much,
because of the issues you can have between a new center coming in and
the quarterback who was already there.
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Practice Notes - Aug. 09, 2010