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Monday 8/28/17 Practice Report

The long wait is over. It’s officially game week. With 16 Blackshirts having been named earlier in the day, the Huskers took to Ed and Joyanne Gass Field in full pads and helmets. Following about two hours of work, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf addressed the media.

In terms of what he’d like to see versus Arkansas State this Saturday, Langsdorf kept thing succinct.

“We want to have good pace and good tempo. We want to look sharp and take care of the ball. We want to be clicking on all cylinders. We don’t want to have to take a time out because we were in the wrong formation or lined up incorrectly. We just want to play a good clean game. When you watch us, we want to look fast and sharp.”

De’Mornay Pierson-El is a prime candidate to be one of the offense’s biggest weapons this season and his recovery from injury has impressed.

“I think this year he is healthy and fresh and feeling good. I think he got some explosion back in his leg and I think the ability to really burst and make his cuts has really shown in fall camp…He’s worked on it hard through the summer, I also think he is just feeling better. It’s a combination of both” Langsdorf said.

Another prospect who could do damage to defenses as early as this Saturday is redshirt freshman JD Spielman. Nebraska’s offensive coordinator is excited about what he brings to the table.

“He’s in great shape. He’s had a lot of work in fall camp. I feel good about his conditioning. I think that he’s the guy that deserved a lot of work and I think it’s helpful. We’ve had to use him a lot and he looks good doing it so I think he’s ready to play. I think he is going to be fun to watch.”

Finally, he touched on having former walk-on Luke McNitt in a captain’s role.

“He was lifter of the year in the weight room which shows his work ethic. I think that guys that work hard are easily looked at as leader on the team. He’ll speak up, I just think he’s a great worker and a really good guy. I think guys gravitate towards that. He’s been a team leader in the off season program.”

The Big Red will return to practice tomorrow as the countdown continues towards the season opener on September 2.

A member of the Football Writers Association of America, Brandon has spent over a decade reporting on and researching college football, both the sport itself and recruiting.

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