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Nebraska football practice, 4/3

Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco works with quarterback Tristan Gebbia during spring football practice earlier this month at the Hawks Championship Center. 

ERIC GREGORY, Journal Star file photo

A busy day over at the Hawks Championship Center.

Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights from head coach Scott Frost and Nebraska’s quarterbacks.

* Four signal-callers met with reporters, while redshirt sophomore Patrick O’Brien declined to take questions.

* Frost said the quarterback group has seen a small amount of separation within the group, but he declined to provide any more detail. In general, he said, this is the time of the spring when coaches start to adjust repetitions to some degree in order to get certain players more work.

* Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez’s eyes lit up when asked about Nebraska’s receiving corps. “We’ve got some dudes,” he said. “They’re really fun to throw to.”

* Frost said that Martinez told him that he thought his arm was at about 90 percent. Frost said he’s seen some times where perhaps Martinez didn’t have the “steam” on some throws that he saw on Martinez’s high school tape. Martinez said he feels good and that he thinks he’ll be at full strength in his own mind very soon.

* Frost said the staff was working through a spring game format this week, but said they’re “going to play some football,” and they plan on putting on a good show for the fans.

* Frost was asked if any players stood out to him as exemplifying the attitude he wanted through the middle part of spring ball, which he calls the toughest stretch. He mentioned tight end Jack Stoll, guard Jerald Foster and linebacker Will Honas among a group of several.

* Frost said he likes the every-other-day routine of spring ball but intimated that the Huskers may only use 14 of their 15 spring practices. The spring game will be No. 13 by the current schedule, and he said they will likely have one more practice shortly after that before their window of time runs out.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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