Lincoln, Neb.—The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads and helmets for approximately 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon. The Husker offense worked on the grass field on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields with the defense using the grass field inside the Ed Weir Track.
Both the offense and defense practiced on the grass in preparation for Saturday’s game at Northwestern, which will mark Nebraska’s only regular-season game on grass this season.
Husker offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf discussed preparing for a difference surface as the Huskers hit the road for the first time in 2016.
“We’ve been practicing on grass all week, so were getting used to that. I think it is a little different and guys have to make sure they get their footing and get out there and pregame” said Langsdorf. “[They need to] check that field out making sure they’re wearing the right shoes and making sure they got their feet underneath them so that they’re not slipping around. It’s different.”
When asked about the play of sophomore Bryan Reimers, who made his first career start against Oregon and hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr, Langsdorf said “He’s got a bunch of range, and went up and grabbed it. It was a beautiful play. The ball was a little high and he went up and got it, got it on his body and kind of lowered his shoulder and jumped into the in zone, it was a great play.”
“He had a really good spring. He showed some ability to go up and get tough catches. It’s a lot easier throwing to those guys with a lot of range. You can throw it up there for him. and he’ll go get it.”
Langsdorf commented on the current state of Northwestern’s defense, as the Wildcats enter Saturday’s game ranking 17th nationally in points per game (14.7 ppg).
“They are playing with a lot of different guys and they’ve had some injuries. They’ve held teams down pretty well and given up some yards, but they have not given up a lot of points so scoring against has been a challenge for people. They have bent, but they haven’t broken very much. They’ve done a nice job keeping people out of the end zone so were going to have our work cut out for us in terms of being able to finishing drives and touchdowns.”
“I thought that their big d-end (Dean Lowry), think he’s playing for the Packers. He gave us a lot of problems. I think just being consistent, covering those guys up and getting the runs started is big. You know we’ve got a different group, different people.”
Nebraska will practice again on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s game at Northwestern. Kickoff in Evanston, Ill., is set for 6:30 p.m.