Published Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm / Updated at 11:26 pm
FOOTBALL
Nebraska spring game: They said it

“I think our defense has potential to be very good, but it is going to require a lot of hard work. ... There's going to be a tremendous competition to see who is out there on the field come that first game. There's a lot of potential.”

— Coach Bo Pelini on the defense

“He's a great kid. The 'want-to' is there, but the ability to sustain it and do it day after day after day is a challenge. He's a young man trying to figure it out, but when he does figure it out, he's going to be a special player.”

— Pelini on receiver Alonzo Moore

“(Mauro) Bondi got better throughout the spring. He still has to work on some consistency things, but he has a big leg. (Sam) Foltz has shown me that he's an excellent punter, so if we played a game today, Mauro Bondi would be kicking and kicking off, and Foltz would be punting. ... But there is a long time before we play a game. We have other guys coming in who we think are going to be able to compete for one or two of the jobs, and we'll go from there.”

— Pelini on the kicking game

“Overall, I think we have a chance to be really solid, and we should be. We have some returnees on the offensive line, and we've had success moving the football, so I wouldn't expect that to change.”

— Pelini on the offensive line

“Pretty much everything. They are still grasping all of the new things we have learned later on in the season coming into the spring. The offense will keep on learning until we get things exactly how Coach (Tim) Beck wants them.”

— Martinez on what he is happiest about with the offense

“It pushes the process a lot further than having to restart. They all pretty much know the plays and it is the same with the offensive line, so you can pretty much advance our offense to the next level.”

— Martinez on how having experienced receivers will help the team

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“Taylor kind of checked audible a few times at the line. Eventually, it got back to the original play. I just happened to run a decent route, he gave me a good ball, and I just ran it in. It was a great feeling.”

— Fullback C.J. Zimmerer on his 45-yard touchdown reception

“I didn't really think about it until it was in the air. I was like, 'Aw, it's sailing on me.' But I tracked it down and got it. And the celebration, I was pretty pumped.”

— Offensive lineman Zach Sterup on his over-the-shoulder catch during the punt return drill

“I think we've made some good improvements, but I'm glad we were put in the situation that we were today with some of the young guys out there experiencing the crowd and the atmosphere. I'm glad we were put in that situation so they could get a feel of what it's close to being like out there in a game.”

— Cornerback Ciante Evans on the defense's learning curve

“They have some real good physical attributes; they can run, they're strong, and they're fast. Whenever you can get linebackers helping out, especially the safeties, and make the ball have some air then it helps the secondary a lot. When they can cover from sideline to sideline, it helps out in the secondary.”

— Evans on NU's new linebackers

“Of course I'm going to say secondary because I play there, but overall, we've all come together and we've been accountable for one another. I think that the linebackers are going to be good this year and so is the defensive line.”

— Evans on the strength of the defense

“They're two different types of receivers. Alonzo is more of a straight ahead guy. He's really fast. Westerkamp is more of a shake and bake and play it by the book player. He's very crafty.”

— Evans on new receivers Alonzo Moore and Jordan Westerkamp

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