Nebraska football scrimmage rundown: April 8

Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 12:40:57-04

The Huskers got a beautiful day for football at Memorial Stadium Saturday. The team opened up practice with some positional drills before coming together for a full scrimmage.

It was another impressive outing for the Huskers' defense as the offense struggled to run the football. Riley said it is important for the staff to see growth in the offensive line after the team didn't run the ball as well as it wanted to a season ago.

"I think that our concern is that we want to and need to find paths to grow," Riley said. "We certainly want to be better. You guys know where we were offensively a year ago. You know what our goal was running the ball and where we ended up. I'm excited about getting better, because I think we will."

Each quarterback took equal snaps today with both the second and first team offense. Both missed a couple of throws, but both also connected with a couple. One particular throw that stood out was a De'Mornay Pierson-El touchdown on a 10-yard corner route to the corner of the end zone from Tanner Lee. 

On another play, wide receiver J.D. Spielman blew by the secondary and was wide open down the field, but Lee overthrew him. Riley said he's going to keep his opinions on which guy has separated themselves to himself for the time being.

"Where we are in spring ball, with three practices left, one of them being the spring game, let's just play this thing out," Riley said. "Let the kids play how it is. They're both on an edge, they both know it's competition, they both are getting even-steven turns, they're both going with the ones and the twos. That sounds good to me. I like that."

On the defensive side of the ball, Daishon Neal and Mohammed Barry both stood out today at practice. Neal's pure size makes him tough to guard on the defensive line, while Barry's speed coming off the edge at linebacker makes him a terror in the 3-4 defense.

For more on Saturday's practice and scrimmage, tune in to Omaha Sports Insider on 3 News Now tonight a 6 and 10. Listen to Riley's full press conference below: