Tuesday fall camp nuggets
Here are some quick notes and observations to pass along from Nebraska's full-padded practice on Tuesday morning…
***Players who sat out of Tuesday's practice with various injuries: Brandon Reilly, Taariq Allen, Sam Burtch, Antonio Reed, Chris Jones, Lane Hovey and Jordan Stevenson.
[rl]***Lavan Alston suffered an injury late in the practice, but head coach Mike Riley said it was too early to know the severity.
***The good news was that Alonzo Moore was back in action after missing the past two practices with a foot injury.
***Riley praised the play of freshman linebacker Dedrick Young, saying he really benefitted from enrolling early in the spring and is making "a major move" up the linebacker depth chart.
***Riley also said running back Devine Ozigbo has been playing really well this fall and doesn't look like a true freshman with how comfortable and natural he is at this level.
***Riley said Imani Cross has lost a notable amount of "good weight" since last season, which has made him a much more effective runner.
***Riley said NU's passing game is still going through the "ebbs and flows" of development. He said there are always struggles throwing the ball in camp because defenses can anticipate certain plays and are able to play much more physically in coverage as a result. To put it in simple terms, Riley's evaluation of the passing game is that "the ingredients are there, the consistency is not."
***Riley hinted that there would be some news regarding walk-on players earning scholarships by the end of the week. He said the staff has been talking about it for the past 3-4 days, and they want to use as much time before the weekend deadline as they can to decide which players are going to earn the honor. Riley said there was "a number of candidates" who could earn scholarships.
***Former Husker defensive end Zach Potter was in attendance for Tuesday's practice.
***Also in attendance were a reporter and photographer from a newspaper in Winnipeg, Canada, where Riley was one the head coach for the CFL's Winnipeg Jets. The reporter said Riley is still regarded as "royalty" up there for leading the Jets to multiple Grey Cups during his tenure.
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