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2011 Mar 28

Practice Report 3/28: Offense Going No Huddle?


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As the Nebraska football team reconvened Monday for spring practice after a 12-day break, more details emerged about the Huskers' new, Tim Beck-coordinated offense.

Sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez – speaking to the media for the first time since November – confirmed the Huskers will use a version of a no-huddle offense that just happens to be similar to the attack Martinez ran at Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School. There, Martinez primarily operated out of the shotgun and threw swiftly to his receivers, sometimes within a second of receiving the snap.

“Some quicker reads,” Martinez said. “And sometimes you'll see deeper routes.”

Junior tight end Kyler Reed said NU will use hand signals to call plays from the sideline. Wide receivers will no longer shuttle the plays in and out, and Nebraska will rarely form a traditional huddle. The offensive tempo, Reed, said, will vary on the situation.

“It doesn't have to be high tempo,” Reed said. “It can. It can be like a huddle tempo, too, where we just kinda wander up to the line and get the signal. Or it can be fast. We have to learn the hand signals.”

That'll take time, Reed said.

“But we've got all summer, all spring, all camp to learn them,” he said. “It's just repetition.”

Reed said Beck wants to shift around his skill personnel, too. For example, Reed will play tight end, split out at receiver and could line up as a H-back. Beck wants Nebraska to adjust, Reed said, to different defenses, “so people don't just know by week eight exactly what we're doing.”

Martinez said the spring break gave him time to study the playbook and retain what he'd already learned. Head coach Bo Pelini said NU spent part of its two-hour Monday workout in Hawks Championship Center in review.

“They did great,” Pelini said. “It was a little sloppy at first...about where you expect to be during spring ball.”

Pelini said his team “stayed in shape during the break.” NU returns to the practice field Wednesday. It will not be open to the media.

Coach Quote: "We have a lot of confidence in Brett. He would have played in a lot of places last year, but he was unfortunately behind a really veteran, really good kicker. We feel real good about where he is." - Head coach Bo Pelini on kicker/punter Brett Maher

Player Quote: "Coach Fisher's bringing us together a lot closer. Our room's not divided as much. We're really working together. Even though there's competition on the field for playing time, we're really helping each other out. We're 'one' this year. I don't know that there were divisions last year. But I don't know that there was really great leadership. This year, Brandon Kinnie's doing a great job taking over as a leader. He's holding us accountable." - Wide receiver Tim Marlowe on coach Rich Fisher and Kinnie

Notes: Rex Burkhead was again limited in practice Monday. Coaches had planned on easing Burkhead's workload this season after Burkhead carried the Husker offense during the last half of 2010...Junior tight end Kyler Reed said his younger brother, Dagan, is likely to walk on at Nebraska in the fall. Dagan Reed, a running back, held a scholarship offer from NU last summer but chose not to pull the trigger on it; he didn't choose a school on Signing Day. “I think he wants to come up and earn a scholarship,” Kyler Reed said...The Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein and ESPN's Adam Rittenberg were in town Monday to conduct a variety of interviews with Pelini and a number of players.

Tags: spring football 2011, taylor martinez, kyler reed, dagan reed, rex burkhead

Comments (2)

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That was a great article, It really gives alot more insight or clue on what NU is going to do offensively. I like what Reed said about NU rarely using a tradition huddles and what Marlowe said about Fisher and Kinne. Thanks

– Mar 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

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That is awesome about Dagan Reed! We are going to have a ton of RB depth over the next few eyars.

– Mar 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

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