Aug 08, 2019 1:42 PM

Huskers Practice in Full Pads on Wednesday

Posted Aug 08, 2019 1:42 PM

Lincoln -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads for the first time during fall camp on Wednesday, working out for nearly two hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joanne Gass practice fields.

Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters spoke to the media following practice and talked about the direction of practice and the competition he has seen within the offense.

“The theme of this camp is really, competing on both sides of the ball,” Walters said. “The defense is making us a whole lot better. Those guys are getting after it, we have to compete with them, and then competition within each position has been great. It’s been a good camp.”

Walters spoke highly of freshman wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson and how he has taken care of his body throughout the summer.

“He’s (Robinson) looked good,” Walters said. “He’s staying healthy, that was the key in spring, he was nicked up a little bit, so he’s doing a good job of taking care of his body. He did a good job in the summer taking care of his body. He’s everything that we hoped for. He keeps getting better, he makes plays as a receiver, he is making plays as a running back. That dual threat option is going to cause challenges for opposing defenses.”

Walters also commented on the defense and how the unit has challenged the offense to protect the football.

“The entire defense is flying around,” Walters said. “The defensive staff is doing an excellent job of getting those guys to play with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, they’re flying around and they’re creating turnovers. That’s one of the things as an offense, we have to do a better job of protecting the football. Those guys are trying to strip it and create turnovers.”

Walters, who also coaches the Husker wide receivers, was asked about the progress of the freshmen wideouts.

“I like what they’re doing,” Walters said. “Darien Chase is a big target, he’s picking up the offense well, solid receiver, good hands. Demariyon Houston, he’s more of a speedster. We tell the freshmen to dive in, don’t dip your toe in the water. It’s hard for those guys because they’re not used to the speed and physicality and sometimes, they’re kind of going through the motions, trying to feel things out. As we’ve gone along in camp they have gotten faster and understand what the expectations are and so I’m very pleased with their performance so far.”

The Huskers will be back on the practice field Thursday morning, and head coach Scott Frost will address the media after practice on Friday.

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Pavelka, Petersen represent MPCC at national fishing tourney

Representatives from Mid-Plains Community College placed 36th out of 116 teams at a national fishing tournament over the weekend.


Grant Pavelka and Dylan Petersen, both of North Platte, competed at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops Thursday and Friday in Dayton, Tenn. They caught the five-fish limit the first day and three fish the second day for a total weight of 25 pounds and 7 ounces.


It wasn’t enough to put them into the final round on Saturday because only the top 12 teams advanced, but despite that, the men were happy with the results.


“The first fish I caught on the second day was a seven pounder, which was like having three fish,” said Pavelka. “So, that was pretty cool. We knew we had a lot of ground to catch up going into that day.”


The men were up against teams from across the nation who were fishing for largemouth bass out of Chickamauga Lake. The warm waters proved to be a challenge.


“About 80 percent of the people entered had fished that lake before and that helped them out a lot,” said Petersen. “For it being our first time on the lake, I think we had a pretty good showing.”


Pavelka and Petersen got to Chickamauga a week ahead of time to do some scouting, but couldn’t actually fish the lake until right before the tournament due to competition rules.


“We had three official days of practice [July 29-31],” said Pavelka. “It was kind of crazy because everyone down there fishes off the bank. That worked in our favor because we love fishing shallow water.”


In addition to gaining experience competing at a higher level of competition, Pavelka and Petersen did a lot of networking and made some invaluable contacts.


“We saw a lot of people who are famous on the college tour,” said Pavelka. “That was fun, and it added to the intensity. We wanted to beat those people we had seen in the magazines.”


Now that he and Petersen have graduated, their time on the college circuit is over. That doesn’t mean they plan to quit fishing, however. Both plan to hit some open tournaments in the future.


“I’m really thankful to Grant that he reached out to me that first year about being a part of the college’s fishing club,” said Petersen. “College fishing is getting to be a bigger deal all the time, and it’s an awesome opportunity. To be able to go to nationals and experience something like that was amazing.”