Update: April 8
The story of the Nebraska spring game was Jack Hoffman. A 7-year old who is currently in a battle with brain cancer, ended up running the ball 69-yards for the touchdown, juking the Nebraska defense and outrunning everybody along the way. You can see the video here.
For more on the spring game and some of the other stat lines, Brian Bennett of ESPN has got you covered.
Update: March 28
Steven M. Sipple of Husker Extra is reporting that wide receiver Alonzo Moore continues to be the standout player in spring practice, while tight end Sam Cotton is rising up the depth chart. As for the linebacker position, the coaching staff is piecing things together and is developing a good idea of who will start where, according to Brain Christopherson of Husker Extra.
Update: March 18
While Nebraska is getting ready for spring break and players are going home to relax, quarterback Taylor Martinez is taking the extra time to work with quarterback coach Steve Calhoun. According to Mike Schaefer of 247Sports, there won't be many days of rest for the starting signal-caller.
“I’ll just keep on working on mechanics and keep on doing that,” Martinez said. “I’m just trying to get better. There’s just a lot of little things to it.”
Martinez also said that there will be a few changes within the offense, but things should be a lot faster and more effective.
Going from year one to year two we changed a lot and maybe some people don’t see that. Martinez said. Going from year two to year three – last year at the end of the season you’ll see more of that – we’ll be at a faster pace. It’s going to change a little bit.
Update: March 12
The great thing about spring practice is that it provides a team the chance to make up for a subpar effort. After the defense being criticized heavy for not playing well, the unit came together and performed much better in the most recent practice, according to Michael Bruntz of 247Sports.
They came back with a great attitude. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said. The reality is that we are going to have some ups and downs. We want to limit the downs obviously, but for a variety of reasons there were situations in practice Saturday where there were nine freshmen or sophomores running with the ones.
As for injury updates, Michael Bruntz of 247Sports reports that wide receiver Ameer Abdullah has suffered an injured knee, but it is nothing serious, as he is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Offensive guard Ryne Reeves has broken a bone in his ankle and will miss the remainder of spring practice.
Update: March 11
Nebraska ended last season on a sour note defensively, and it is starting to appear those same struggles are carrying over to the practice field. Head coach Bo Pelini was not pleased with a practice last weekend, and he wasn't shy about letting the media know about it, according to Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star.
"What I watched was a mentally weak football team, a bad football team, especially on the defensive side of the football," Husker coach Bo Pelini said. "Call it what it is. We have a long, long, long way to go."
If you think the struggles had anything to do with replacing seven starters, think again. Pelini was upset with the entire showing from top to bottom.
"It's a mentally weak football team," Pelini said. "Guys gave in and didn't feel like practicing. I'm ashamed of what I just watched on that practice field."
To end on some positive news, Nebraska finally has a time set for this year’s spring game. According to KETV, the game will take place on April 6 at 2 p.m. The Cornhuskers will also have the event televised on the Big Ten Network for the first time ever.
Update: March 7
Charles Jackson has already had an interesting career at Nebraska. From having trouble in the classroom to being one of the more productive players on the special teams unit, he is now someone who is looking to make a splash on the defensive side of the ball. Having moved from cornerback to the safety spot, Rivals.com's Robin Washut says that he is taking reps with the second team, but is pushing the starters early on in camp.
"I'm getting the hang of it," Jackson said. "It's fun. It's an interesting position to be in. It's pretty physical. That's what I like about it."
As for the offensive side of the ball, running back Imani Cross may look a little different next year, as he has lost a considerable amount of weight during the offseason. According to Nate Clouse of Rivals, he has lost close to 15 pounds because he wants to be a more complete running back for his team.
"I don't mind being a short yardage back, but that's not all I want to be," Cross said. "I want to be able to do whatever the coaches ask me to do—run, block, pass protect, all of those things. The thing I'm working on is making sure my change of direction is more fluid and trying to make sure [of] my ability to burst in and out of cuts."
Rivals also reports that cornerback Andrew Green will miss all of spring practice as he continues to recover from offseason surgery. Guys like Thad Randle, Taariq Allen and Tyler Wullenwaber have yet to practice. And quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who had surgery last year, has in fact participated in drills early on and looks to be recovered from last season’s knee injury.