LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Huskers held their first of 15 spring practices on Wednesday on the Memorial Stadium turf. Head Coach Frank Solich said the players were focused and had a good first day.
"We only have 14 left," Solich joked in reference to the 15 practices allowed per NCAA rules. "We accomplished what we set out to do today. All in all, it was a good first day. It went by very quickly, but I feel good about the focus of the players."
Solich said there were definite changes in routine with six new assistants on board. "We broke down our time into five minute segments; intermixed a 7-on-7; had punting right at the beginning and several other things were different from our usual routine. But no players or coaches got lost on the first day, and that was a good thing."
Defensive back Willie Amos, who suffered a major knee injury last spring and did not compete in the fall, was able to go through the first part of practice during group work. Solich said he was pleased that Amos was able to come out and participate. Quarterback Curt Dukes, who redshirted last season and had knee surgery before the bowl game, was also able to participate in today?s drills. Held out were juniors Philip Bland (SS) and Steve Kriewald (FB).
"Everyone seemed very enthusiastic today," Solich said. They were anxious to start the new season and are ready to get things done. We will have a little bit more experience returning, so we hope that will play out to our advantage. Of course you have to balance that against the fact that we have new coaches and new terminology, but I think it will balance itself out."
Solich said that the Huskers will practice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "We hope to maximize our time with the players and make sure that we limit the class conflicts."
The Huskers will have early 6:30 a.m. meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout spring camp. All spring practices are closed to the public and media.