Barrett Ruud was a Nebraska kid, so he knows how important in-state players are to the Husker football program.
The former NU linebacker and current inside linebackers coach said after practice Saturday the "foundation always has to start with Nebraska kids." He remembers playing along side guys from Utah, Colorado, Georgia and Florida, but he felt he had to set the tone because he was from Nebraska.
"Nebraska kids will set the tone for this place," Ruud said, "and that's whether it's one of them starting or whether it's eight of them starting. But they've got to set the tone and show the kid from Florida, show the kid from New Jersey, show the kid from California how to go about our business and what it means to us."
Nebraska's defensive coaches and select players met with reporters after practice Saturday. Check out the videos below for more from Ruud, plus interviews with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher, punter Caleb Lightbourn, running back Jaylin Bradley, outside linebacker Alex Davis and tight end Jack Stoll.
Nebraska's defense, at least according to coaches and players, mostly ruled the roost for the first two weeks of Husker spring practice. On Saturday, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was blunt: The learning curve remains.
Jevon Glenn wants to make one thing clear: This is not a sightseeing trip. The football coach at Deerfield Beach is bringing eight of his best players to Nebraska the weekend of the April 21 spring game. Each is coming on business.
Speed may help, but a quarterback doesn't need to run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash to excel in Scott Frost's offense. Efficiency is what's most important, getting every yard possible when a defense dictates the quarterback run.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight committee on Friday approved a rule that allows any kickoff that lands inside the 25-yard line to be a touchback if the returner signals for a fair catch. Any touchback would take the ball to a team's 25-yard line for the start of the possession.
All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In Friday's episode, Carriker reacts to the news of Patrick O'Brien transferring from Nebraska, Noah Vedral applying for immediate eligibility and more as NU's quarterback competition continues.
Everybody knows what Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman can do in the receiving game. Tyjon Lindsey is also a known quantity, generally expected to take a step forward in Scott Frost's up-tempo offense. But what about the group of wideouts behind that trio?
Nebraska conducted its ninth spring workout Thursday morning inside Memorial Stadium, marking the first time the football team has practiced outdoors under Scott Frost. Coaches said they continue to evaluate players and how deep NU is at each position.
Nebraska sophomore quarterback Patrick O’Brien has left the Husker team and plans to transfer to a new school, the player confirmed Thursday after he missed practice and coach Scott Frost said O’Brien had asked for his release.
On a day when Nebraska's quarterback depth took a hit, there's a possibility it might be restocked soon. Noah Vedral, the sophomore from Wahoo, told me he's going to look into applying for a waiver to the NCAA transfer rule after spring practice.
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost appeared on the Big Ten coaches teleconference for the first time Wednesday, and he shared his thoughts on the Huskers' quarterback battle, the sold-out spring game, spring official visits and more.
Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said he’s still looking for a “bell cow” vocal leader — preferably one at each position group — and for his respective position groups to string together a series of good practices. The defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs all seem to alternate strong workouts with average ones.