Monday practice nuggets

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online
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Here are some quick notes to pass along from Nebraska’s half-pads practice on Monday evening…

***Cornerback Chris Jones and safety Joshua Kalu both practiced on Monday. Safety Aaron Williams and receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El practiced with green no-contact jerseys.

***Running backs Mikale Wilbon and Tre Bryant and receiver Keyan Williams all sat out of Monday practice.

***Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said Wisconsin’s defense would “easily” be the best unit Nebraska has faced so far this season.

***Langsdorf said with the Badgers’ ability to create turnovers through interceptions and get to the quarterback with the pass rush, NU had to be very smart with their protection schemes and their pass routes. He said they can’t leave the quarterback in the pocket to take hits and force throws under pressure.

***Langsdorf said this week feels a lot different preparing for Wisconsin’s defense because they’ve spent the past 10 months working against a 3-4 scheme every day in practice. They used to have to prepare against a 3-4 in just a week’s span, but now it’s really more continuing what they’ve been doing all offseason.

***Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh did not give any hints as to who would start at center and right tackle this week. He said they’ll continue to wait and see how guys progress through the week and make a decision later on.

***Cavanaugh noted that it’s hard to say how Wisconsin’s defense will matchup with Nebraska’s offense because the Badgers have only faced three-wide receiver schemes. He said Saturday will be the first time they will have faced an offense similar to their own.

***Running backs coach Reggie Davis said they’re taking a wait and see approach on Wilbon this week, but said Jaylin Bradley would have to be ready to go if they need him for a bigger role.

***Receiver Stanley Morgan, who had at least four drops against Illinois along with his big game, spent several minutes after practice catching balls out of the football throwing machine.

***Cavanaugh said he wasn't too worried about Tanner Farmer's personal foul penalty against Illinois, even though Farmer was pulled out of the game after the penalty.

***Numerous players from both sides of the ball had to run wind sprints after practice, and there were some coaches running with them. One of those coaches was defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

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