Wednesday practice kernels

2013-03-06T19:11:00Z Wednesday practice kernelsBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com
March 06, 2013 7:11 pm  • 

The third Husker practice is in the can. This one came with full pads.

"I'm seeing some positive things but I'm seeing a team that needs a lot of work," Bo Pelini said.

Some practice kernels:

* Pelini said linebacker Zaire Anderson, coming back from his torn ACL, is not being limited in any ways during practices.

"He's full go. He's ready to go, and he's practicing pretty much full time. Whatever he can handle. He's doing fine. He's healthy."

* Sophomore cornerback Jonathan Rose is in that fierce battle at corner. The transfer from Auburn impressed last fall on the scout team. But what does Pelini need to see from him this spring?

"He's got a lot to learn," Pelini said. "He's a talented young man who's got a lot to learn. He's got to embrace the mental aspect of it, learning what to do and how to do it. And the techniques were asking him to accomplish. He's got a lot of work to put in."

* Pelini said quarterbacks are "live" during practices, or allowed to be hit. Of course, coaches want to be cautious with starter Taylor Martinez.

"We're not going to make Taylor live very much," Pelini said. "He's taken enough hits in the fall but the other guys will be live."

Quarterbacks can be sacked, though coaches make sure it doesn't get out of hand.

"We're going to protect them. If we have a blind-side hit on them or something like that. But yeah, for the most part they're going to be live, especially when running the football."

* As it was Monday, secondary coach Terry Joseph spent extra time after the practice working with some younger members of the secondary, including Rose and safety Charles Jackson, who are both considered potential candidates at their position as the practices move along.

Joseph said it's something he'll continue to do, as he tries to get some extra reps and go over some things with the younger guys that some of the older players already know.

"Because it can be intimidating being in a meeting room with 28 guys," Joseph said. "A lot of them have played, they know the routine, and you get in there and you can kind of freeze up. So to just try to get them out there alone ... where it's not a crowded meeting room where we can kind of get some individual attention."

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