Red-White Spring Game 2017

Quarterback Tanner Lee (left) watches a replay of the action alongside offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf during the Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on April 15.


Danny Langsdorf saw a silver lining of sorts in Nebraska's 42-35 loss Saturday at Oregon.

"We scored 35 points but didn't play particularly well," the third-year Husker offensive coordinator said following Monday's practice.

Nebraska was only 2-for-14 on third-down conversions, in part because pass-protection was spotty.

There were a few dropped passes and a critical false start.

Quarterback Tanner Lee misfired a few times on what should've been completions, Langsdorf said.

"I thought he was a little bit high on some stuff," the coach said.

Nebraska did hit some explosive plays. But there was too much inconsistency.

"When we're good, we're really good," Langsdorf said. "Then we'll have a false start or busted assignment. Something goes bad and it kind of snowballs ... We're just really up and down."

A few other nuggets from Langsdorf's weekly session with reporters:

* Sophomore right tackle Matt Farniok held up OK in his first college start.

"Not too bad," the coach said. "He got beat on kind of an up-and-under on a pressure early in the game. After that, he kind of settled in and played. For the most part, he played well for a rookie in that atmosphere."

* Lee might have "tried to put a little too much on his shoulders" after Oregon took a big early lead," Langsdorf said.

"He made some plays, too. He got us in some good situations. (But) he got hit too many times, which affects everybody. We've got to clean up that part of it."

Langsdorf added there are times Lee needs to get rid of the ball quicker.

* Is Langsdorf concerned Lee may be losing confidence?

"No," the coach said flatly. "I think he had a tough game. I think he was hard on himself about it, which is a good sign for him and our team. I think he'll bounce back and play great."

* Langsdorf was hopeful Tre Bryant would be ready for Saturday's home game against Northern Illinois.

However, "The next guy who comes in there, we're going to expect the same hard running and solid protection and catches out of the backfield," Langsdorf said. "We've got Mikale (Wilbon) taking extra work, and we've got Jaylin (Bradley) and Devine (Ozigbo) in that group.

"I don't anticipate a big drop-off if we can't play with Tre. And hopefully we'll Tre get back healthy and ready to go."

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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