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Spring football practice, 3.11.2019

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters urges players through a drill during Nebraska football practice at Hawks Championship Center on March 11.

Last year around this time, Nebraska returned to practice following spring break and was, well, a bit lethargic for a few days. Not this year.

"We had a great day," Husker offensive coordinator Troy Walters said Monday. "There was no hangover, so to speak."

Nebraska's offense has been practicing fast, pushed hard by a defense that's doing the same. That continued Monday. Even after the players had been away from practice since March 22.

"It shows the staff that players are putting the team first," Walters said.

Cameron Jurgens apparently falls under that category. The redshirt freshman from Beatrice stayed in Lincoln over the break and met with offensive line coach Greg Austin as he learns the center position.

Meanwhile, keep an eye on senior receiver Jaron Woodyard. Walters said Woodyard "has taken that next step" as a player after making one catch in eight games last season as a transfer from Arizona Western Community College.

Redshirt freshmen Andre Hunt and Wyatt Liewer also drew praise from Walters as receivers stepping up this spring.

As expected, sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez is bringing enthusiasm every day and demanding a lot from teammates, Walters said.

As for sophomore running back Maurice Washington, "When he's out there, he's doing a great job," Walters said. "That's about all I can say."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.

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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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