It's the final week of fall camp for the Nebraska football team. Next week, Bo Pelini and his staff will start leading regular practices as the Huskers prepare for Florida Atlantic.
The final week has answered more questions about the quarterback position as well as shed more light on additional injuries and departures. There are still plenty of things that won't be settled until the first game rolls around, but things are taking shape for the season.
Adding to the excitement of the final week, the Big Ten Network also rolled into Lincoln for the Aug. 18 practice. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart were all on hand to watch practice and chat with players and coaches.
News from the Week
The whole Nebraska football team wished Jack Hoffman well this week as he begins another round of chemotherapy. The message from Pelini and his team is touching, and folks everywhere are cheering for Jack as he faces this new battle.
Junior defensive tackle Kevin Williams is battling another injury, as Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald reported. Pelini says Williams' ankle injury is day-to-day and shouldn't keep him out of practice for too long. After two previous knee injuries, it has to be a big relief for Williams, and Pelini understands that.
"It's a very mild one," Pelini said about Williams, per Grant Muessel of HailVarsity.com. "I think it just scared him more than anything. When you've been through what he's been through, I can see why."
Important Position Battles
The battle for the starting role at quarterback continued this week. Per Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald, Tommy Armstrong had his strongest practice on Aug. 18. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck agrees:
He really seemed to step his game up. Much more crisp in the passing game. Much more decisive in the run game, read game and option game. He really just saw things well and made good decisions. He was very consistent in what he was doing, and the ball placement was there. I saw a little extra gear in him.
At this point, it sounds like Armstrong is locking the starting role down.
According to an Omaha World-Herald report, Nebraska is in need of a long snapper to step up in Gabriel Miller's absence.
"If I had a crystal ball, I could tell you, but right now, I would say we're not counting on him," Pelini said, per McKewon.
Who will the Huskers count on then? It seems likely that it will come down to freshman Josh Faulkenberry and sophomore Nate Gerry.
Aaron Curry has officially been released from the team, per the Omaha World-Herald. Why did he want to leave?
"He didn't like the fact that he was the fifth tackle," Pelini said, per Muessel. "There you go."
The Huskers have started prepping for their first opponent, Florida Atlantic.
"I'm ready to go hit somebody other than our teammates," sophomore Vincent Valentine said, per Nyatawa.