Lincoln – The Nebraska quarterback impressed Mark Whipple in the off-season. After a week of fall camp, nothing has changed.
NU’s new offensive coordinator can work with more QBs in recent months than he has been allowed to as an NFL-level coach. He’s seen them grow more confident in what they’re doing. Men are not looking for guidance. When someone makes a wrong move, others quickly realize it.
“They had a really good summer, just sort of over the things they can see for themselves in throwing and in running (and) the mistakes they made,” Whipple said Monday. “I’ve seen crime take a step forward.”
Whipple said Casey Thompson’s right thumb – which he had on the court of sorts in the summer – is “much better”. The Texas transfer nominee and main starter can make all the throws but his biggest strides lately have come in how fast he can move through the lead of his receiver.
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Whipple said Chubba Purdy has also consistently made his throws, while Heinrich Haarberg enjoyed his best two days this week. Freshman Richard Torres may have the strongest arm in the group.
Meanwhile, Whipple said other offensive players who missed some or all of the spring ball due to injuries have recovered from their revenge. Recipient Isaiah García Castaneda is one. Running back Gabe Ervin made a “big push” rebounding from a torn ACL last fall. Turner Corcoran, Teddy Prochaska, tight ends Travis Voculik, and Chancellor Broington are also part of that group.
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Other quick results after Monday’s workout:
» NU’s primary bet payer in camp was receiver Trey Palmer and defensive back Tommi Hill.
“Reception coach Micky Joseph said the players should keep getting better at figuring out their own problems rather than relying on coaches in the field. He also said their defensive backs “dominated” the receivers during Monday’s training.
“Joseph said he has adapted to the reality of enlistment in Nebraska, where – unlike his time at LSU – a significant out-of-state recruitment effort is necessary. But he said the goal remains the same: to get the best talented players.
Center coach Sean Pickton said the battle for second place behind Vokulik is still “fierce”. Chris Heckman, Nate Burkercher, A.J. Rollins and Brorington are among the contenders.
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