As Nebraska football continues its first week of spring practice, offensive line coach Greg Austin says that for the Huskers to improve offensively the offensive linemen need to set a tone of toughness in the spring. Austin said that the group he is in charge of is going back to basics this spring as they try to hone in on fundamentals and the “nastiness” needed to hold a line of scrimmage against Big Ten defenses. Nebraska will build their offensive line around starting center Cam Jurgens. Coach Austin said Jurgens tested this month as one of the best athletes on the team. Jurgens was one of the players that met with the media on Monday. Nebraska has went back to some of the training practices that were used back in the 90’s and Jurgens said he likes it.
Coach Frost has retooled parts of the practice structure this spring allowing linemen to better play through the whistle with less emphasis on going fast. Austin said, “That’s a big adjustment as it relates to the boys…If you want more explosive plays, you gotta stick on blocks longer. You can’t stick on blocks if you’re tired.” Nebraska looks to replace longtime starters Matt Farniok and Brendan Jaimes up front but have a pair of potential cornerstones at tackle with Bryce Benhart and Turner Corcoran.
Nebraska is scheduled to play it’s annual spring game on May 1st.