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Nebraska tight ends coach Sean Beckton wore the look of someone who was thinking, "Hey, glad you asked." 

Husker fans naturally wonder about true freshman tight end Thomas Fidone's progress as the team moves into the very late stages of spring practice. After all, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Fidone was the nation's top tight end recruit in the class of 2021 by both Rivals and 247Sports. 

So, how has he looked to this point?

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"Just today was the best practice he's had since he's been here," Beckton told reporters Wednesday following the team's extensive scrimmage. "It's been a step-by-step process with him. We've given him a lot of information and he's done an unbelievable job." 

A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Fidone had about four or five receptions during the scrimmage, the coach said. 

"I've told him that I'm going to press him on every single detail when he's in — same thing with (Norris graduate) James Carnie," Beckton said. "But Fidone has really, really improved since day one. He's only going to get better from here. The sky's the limit for him."  

Beckton isn't surprised by Fidone's progress. 

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"He wanted to step out there on day one and be the best tight end on the team," the coach said. "I had to humble him early on. That's not going to happen. We've got to stack practices. We've got to stack reps on top of each other in order for him to be great. He's definitely moving in that direction."

Beckton said Fidone, a top-40 national recruit overall, is starting to understand the necessary techniques and how to practice on the college level. Fidone is a physical player, Beckton said, but he had to work on footwork and hand placement and those sorts of important details. 

"This was his best day, by far," Beckton said. "So I'm really, really proud of him. We just have to continue to press him. He's going to help this football team this year." 

The coach added, "I walked with him coming off the field and told him how proud I was of him."