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Huskers offense 'sluggish' in first padded practice

Posted at 11:00 PM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 00:00:08-04

The Nebraska football team practiced in pads for the first time this spring on Thursday morning. However, Huskers offensive coordinator & wide receivers coach Troy Walters wasn't thrilled with the start of the workout from his side of the ball. 

"Offensively, we came out sluggish," said Walters. "Sometimes when you put the pads on and you put thigh pads and knee pads, sometimes offensively you have that mentality, 'I'm putting more weight on'. We didn't come out and we didn't attack today. The defense came out and they attacked. We started too slow. And I tell the guys all the time: if we start that way in a game, we're down 14-0. In this league, the schedule we play, when we step on that field we've got to attack and be ready to go. And we really weren't early on in practice."

The Big Red installed more of its new offense in its third of 15 spring practices.

"We threw a new install at the guys, so they were kind of swimming a little bit today," Walters said. "You can kind of tell who really took it to heart to learn the new installs and who didn't."

One player who didn't appear to have a problem with the installation was senior receiver Stanley Morgan, Jr. 

"Stan did a great job," Walters said. "He's a pro. You could tell that it means something to him that he wants to go out having a good season and help Nebraska do something special. Other than that, just as collectively as a group we just, we just weren't on it. And we're a team. We're an offensive unit and everybody has to be on the same page. If the offensive line knows what its doing but the receivers don't, then this offense isn't gonna go."

NU returns to practice Saturday morning.