Monday practice nuggets
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Here are some quick notes and observations to pass along from Nebraska's half-padded practice on Monday afternoon inside the Hawks Championship Center and fields north of Memorial Stadium...
***Nebraska handed out the coveted Blackshirts practice jerseys for Monday's practice. In all, 11 players were awarded Blackshirts, including four defensive linemen, two linebackers and four defensive backs.
***The players to receive Blackshirts were defensive ends Jack Gangwish and Greg McMullen; defensive tackles Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine and Kevin Williams; linebackers Josh Banderas and Dedrick Young; cornerbacks Daniel Davie and Joshua Kalu; and safeties Nate Gerry and Byerson Cockrell.
***Defensive coordinator Mark Banker said the staff did a lot of research on the history of the Blackshirts and had long talks with former Huskers like Charlie McBride to figure out the best way to do it.
***Here are the players who sat out or were limited in Monday's practice due to various injuries: tight end Trey Foster (limited), defensive end DaiShon Neal, offensive lineman Jalin Barnett, and tight end Matt Snyder.
***The good news on the injury front is several players were back in action after missing time last week in Banderas, offensive lineman Alex Lewis, and receivers Brandon Reilly and Sam Burtch.
***Banker called BYU the "ultimate test" for a team in a season opener because the Cougars have become "the LDS Notre Dame" of college football in their willingness to play anyone anywhere.
***Banker said Collins will likely be moved around a bit on the line this season in order to take advantage of his "explosion" as a pass rusher.
***Banker was asked about Michael Rose-Ivey not getting a Blackshirt, and he said Rose-Ivey put in a lot of work over the offseason and was very productive in practice, but added that earning a Blackshirt was "not all on the field."
***Cockrell (shoulder) said he feels 100 percent and has been fully cleared for contact.
***Cockrell also said look for Nebraska's defensive backs to use tome different techniques in order to counter the size of BYU's two 6-foot-6 wide receivers.
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