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Nebraska football practice, 4/3

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters during Nebraska football practice at Hawks Championship Center on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 

Nebraska wrapped up its seventh practice of the spring early Saturday afternoon in the Hawks Championship Center, working out in front of more than 100 former players and large Junior Day crowd.

The Junior Day was Nebraska's second of the spring after last weekend's first event. Four-star Colorado quarterback Luke McCafferey was a part of the day, and his father, former NFL wide receiver Ed McCafferey was seen moving through the building.

Among the former players in attendance, hall of famer Aaron Taylor spoke to the offense while former NFL defensive linemen Adam Carriker and Chris Kelsay spoke to the defense.

Sophomore defensive end Ben Stille, an Ashland native, said the talk from Carriker and Kelsay focused on the pride players should have for playing at Nebraska.

Other notes from Saturday's post-practice availability:

* Offensive coordinator Troy Walters said "most" of the offense has been installed, and now it's a matter of working on the details.

"We need more reps," Walters said Saturday. "That's why we're often in two groups. We need to get as many reps as we possibly can. When fall gets here, we'll be ready."

* Sophomore receiver Tyjon Lindsey said as a sophomore in high school, he was planning to attend Oregon until Scott Frost left the Ducks to take the UCF head job. Lindsey, who models his game after former Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas, said getting the chance to play for Frost now is "a dream come true."

* Stille, who spent some time last season at outside linebacker, has worked exclusively on the defensive line this spring. He's up to 280 pounds. Another defensive lineman, Daishon Neal, said he's up to 290 pounds after making huge progress in the weight room under Zachary Duval.

* Walters, asked how sophomore Jaylin Bradley will fit into the offense's plans, said there is no depth chart at running back and reps are being split evenly. Walters said Bradley has also gotten reps in the return game.

* As for the fullbacks still on the roster, Walters said they are working to find spots on Nebraska's special teams. With their role in the offense all but eliminated, that figures to be the best chance for that group to see playing time.

"We always tell the guys: the guys who are going to travel are the guys who can play special teams," Walters said.

*Walters reiterated that the NU coaching staff likes the talent it inherited.

"We've got enough to compete and be successful," Walters said. "The standard is higher at Nebraska. "We didn't come here to be 6-6. We didn't come here to be average."

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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