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Nebraska football returns with first day of fall camp

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jul 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-30 23:57:22-04

Fall camp is officially open for Nebraska football as the Huskers got underway with their first practice Sunday morning. Mike Riley spoke to the media following practice to address some of the things he liked about the first action of the season.

Defensive backs

One of the main focuses of fall camp is who will fill in for the injured Chris Jones, who is expected to miss a good chunk of the season with a torn meniscus. 

Much has been said about the possibility of moving Josh Kalu from safety back to cornerback, however, Riley said he and his staff are hesitant to do so.

"We understand that we have a little bit of versatility there with Josh, his experience at corner is good," Riley said. "We have been excited about his fit at safety, what he brings in that area. So we like that look and we're hesitant to move it."

Riley said that with Lamar Jackson, Eric Lee and DiCaprio Bootle, he feels the cornerback position is full of "sound, smart, good football players". 

Running backs

As far as the running back competition, that door is still open. Between Devine Ozigbo, Mikale Wilbon and Tre Bryant, there's plenty of chances for someone to break through and be the clear number one. 

Riley said he feels that each player is in the top physical condition heading into this season as far as the running backs are concerned. Riley even gave a shout out to former Bellevue West running back Jaylin Bradley, who he said he saw "flashes" from athletically today.

Wide Receivers

There was some slight concern regarding the status of De'Mornay Pierson-El today as he was not seen on the practice field. Riley cleared it up after practice, saying that he was at his sister's wedding and he expects him back by tomorrow.

Hawks Championship Center Remodel

In case you missed it earlier, the Huskers' practice facility saw a facelift during the offseason that was unveiled at today's practice. Riley hinted that there would be more to come, but he didn't want to say what exactly yet. 

Watch the full interview with Riley after practice below: 

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