The Nebraska football team continued spring practice by donning full pads for the first time during a 2 ½ hour workout inside the Hawks Championship Center on Saturday. The Huskers also welcomed a large number of visitors to practice as approximately 450 youth took part in the Husker Youth Experience following Saturday’s session.
Saturday’s practice wrapped up the first week of the 15 allotted spring practices. Head Coach Bo Pelini was pleased with his team’s effort, but said improvement still needs to be made.
“There were some good things with the first day in pads, but we have a long ways to go as a football team to get anywhere near where we want to be,” Pelini said. “Obviously, I won’t be satisfied until it’s perfect out there and we are far from that. We are only in day three. I just want to see more progress. I want to see us doing things more consistently. I don’t want to see as many repeat errors. We have a ways to go.”
Pelini said he looks for physicality and accountability during the spring workouts.
“Taking what you’re learning in the classroom and applying it on the practice field,” Pelini said. “I’m not seeing it yet. I do expect perfection. I expect us to get things correct. The effort was there. It is the mental aspect of it. The mental discipline needed to be a good football team.”
The Husker Youth Experience took place after Saturday’s practice with kids ranging from eight years old to 8th grade, running through football drills with Husker players and coaches. The youth were taught basic football fundamentals, including blocking, tackling, ball skills and running skills. Pelini addressed the youth after the conclusion of the drills and stressed the importance of taking care of schoolwork before they focus on athletics.
In addition, Pelini left after practice to be a featured speaker at USC’s Coaches Clinic later tonight in Los Angeles. The Huskers will resume practice tomorrow afternoon.