LINCOLN — Coach Bo Pelini preferred to hire a new defensive backs coach before the final two-week stretch of on-site recruiting visits began. But he wasn't going to force anything.
“The most important thing to me was hiring the right guy,” Pelini said.
It just happened to work out for Pelini that he identified Charlton Warren as the guy just in time. It's why Warren's first few days as a member of the NU staff were spent on the road. But that apparently didn't bother him.
“He couldn't get out fast enough,” Pelini said. “He wanted to hit the ground running as soon as he got here. I thought he did a tremendous job for us.”
Warren spent the last nine years at Air Force before accepting Pelini's offer in January. Nebraska announced Warren as the new secondary coach on Jan. 17, replacing Terry Joseph.
Pelini said Warren's an “outstanding recruiter” who has contacts in Georgia.
Davie doubtful for spring
Junior defensive back Daniel Davie isn't expected to be healthy in time for spring practice.
When asked about injuries limiting players this spring, Pelini mentioned only Davie.
Pelini said during Nebraska's signing day press conference that he didn't have “all that information in front of me” regarding the health of the Huskers and any roster-related changes.
Davie suffered a season-ending knee injury against Michigan State last November. He was still on crutches for the first couple days of bowl practice six weeks ago. Spring practice begins March 8.
Bo mum on Moss status
Pelini did not provide an update on the status of defensive end Avery Moss.
The World-Herald reported last week that Moss said he's been banned from Nebraska's campus until December. Moss pleaded no contest to a public indecency charge in Lancaster County Court on Jan. 27.
Moss did not make the Gator Bowl trip. He's not listed on Nebraska's roster.
Spring game tickets on sale
Nebraska fans bought about 18,400 tickets to the April 12 spring game on the first day of sales, the NU athletic department announced Wednesday.
About 5,000 tickets were sold within the first hour.
General public tickets are $10. A limited number of club seats are available for $15. Fans can visit Huskers.com, call 1-800-BIG-RED or stop by the NU athletic ticket office for more information.
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