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Tuesday 08/22/17 practice report

The time is drawing nearer. It’s not game week quite yet, but the Nebraska football team has begun preparations for the September 2 season opener against Arkansas State. Head coach Mike Riley touched on areas that fans are surely interested in.

“We had good work,” Riley said. “This was a pretty long day today for them. The ending period was enthusiastic and good work which is a good sign. [It was] kind of an indicator of how they’ve been most all the time so it’s good stuff.”

Nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg missed all of last week’s practices as he was held out due to concussion protocols, but good news came from the head man.

“He came back Monday and has done these two days all day. He’s doing well.”

Cole Conrad has been getting kudos since last season as a guy who could do it all and now he finds himself as the Huskers’ starting center.

“[He] is a great story,” Riley said. “Cole has always had the confidence…When given the opportunity, he proved himself to be a good football player and a very reliable person. Cav (Coach Mike Cavanaugh) does a nice job of basically looking at the big picture, deciding physically what might fit and then talking to the players about it himself. He’s blended all that very well.”

When it comes to any one running back sticking out, the view is still somewhat hazy.

“As far as singling somebody out maybe the top guy not ready to do that,” Riley said. “I actually think that the three guys that are healthy right now; Tre Bryant, Mikale Wilbon and Devine (Ozigbo) throughout camp have been fairly consistent and flashed as good players throughout.

They’re making it difficult. The other guy that before, he’s missed a few days here with the ankle, Jaylin Bradley has really flashed also. All I can say is that we’ll have it by the first of the week, probably in the depth order. There’s not a big separator right now.”

A number of Nebraska fans can’t wait to find out who will be returning punts this year. There’s a familiar name, but fans have two other players to be excited about in the mix.

“We all love De’Mornay (Pierson-El) and what he can bring,” Riley said. “We also have to have other guys trained. Tyjon Lindsey is a natural. He can go back there. We know Stanley Morgan Jr. is very reliable to make big plays for us. We’re pretty versatile but De’Mornay will be the initial guy.”

The Big Red will practice again tomorrow afternoon and we here at Husker Hype will keep you up to date on all the happenings.

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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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