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Nebraska football practice report: Aug. 1

Posted at 12:25 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 19:56:18-04

Day three of Nebraska's fall camp is in the books, and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco gave us a rundown of how the Huskers' defense is looking so far. 

As a whole, Diaco said he loves the way his defense is able to focus on learning the new scheme, and their ability to translate what they learn in the meetings onto the field. 

"There's a great buy-in from everyone in the organization on the team, on the unit," Diaco said. "Everybody has at least an understanding of the language. Whether we've got the habits, whether the behavior's been habitized or not, but we understand, we know, they know, we understand what the expectations are."

If you read our breakdown of the defensive backs yesterday, you know that since the injury of starting cornerback Chris Jones, there's been a lot of talk regarding whether or not Joshua Kalu's switch to safety is permanent.

With Diaco's comments after practice today, it seems unlikely that's happening any time soon.

"We all collectively believe that safety is his natural position," Diaco said. "We believe that, from an evaluation standpoint, and a future standpoint, that he would be a very very good corner, maybe even a great corner. But in my mind, there is no doubt that he is, and or will be, one of the best safeties in the country, if not the best safety in the country."

Diaco explained how important the safety position is in the Blackshirts' new 3-4 defense, and that Kalu's versatility is exactly what the Huskers need.

Another area Diaco touched on was the improvement from the defensive line, especially from Mick Stoltenberg. A lot has been said about the amount of weight Stoltenberg has put on during the offseason. However, what has impressed Diaco most about Stoltenberg's progression is his leadership.

"There's been strides intangibly," Diaco said. "He's really developing as a leader for the unit, if not the team, and that's consistent day to day. He's really cleaned up his fundamentals...he's improved in all areas."

Watch the full interview with Diaco here:

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