Nebraska Fall Football Practice, 8.11.15

Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf (left) watches Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, during fall football practice at Hawks Championship Center.

The Big Ten Network football analysts are in the midst of their annual fall camp trek across the league's campuses, having spent the last two nights watching Nebraska practices.

One clear takeaway from the crew during their stop in Lincoln: Lack of talent isn't the reason the Huskers haven't won West Division the past two years.

Speaking of Nebraska's talent level, BTN analyst Howard Griffith said during their hour-long show from Lincoln: "When you look at them, you just shake your head. 'Why can't they figure it out?'"

And BTN's lead studio host Dave Revsine tweeted this:

Analyst Gerry DiNardo said a similar statement on the air, saying that when you look at Nebraska's linemen on both sides of the ball, they are more similar in appearance to what you'd see at Michigan State than some other places they've visited in the Big Ten.

He also remarked that Nebraska's practices have a more laidback feel than last year, and also in comparison to other programs they've visited. He said that's not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, just a difference.

The crew did interviews with Husker head coach Mike Riley and players Tommy Armstrong, De'Mornay Pierson-El and Maliek Collins.

Here's Armstrong:

Here's Collins:

Here's Pierson-El:

And here's the head man:

Asked by the crew what his assessment of Nebraska's talent level was when he got here, Riley said he thought it was very good, but acknowledged linebacker is still his biggest depth worry, with NU probably needing two or three freshmen to contribute in some way.

"I like the spirit of the team. I think what carried them through the transition, which is hard for young men, kids, is that they were strong with each other. ... That gave us a chance to get started," Riley said.

The coach was asked about Armstrong, who is trying to find better consistency even in these early stages of camp when it's not necessarily easy with the installation phase going on.

"What we have to do with Tommy is just help him a little bit more," Riley said. "His work ethic is outstanding. His intentions are at the highest level with this team. I love the guy. He's respected by the team, elected captain, all that good stuff like that. ... So our job is to help make this thing simple for him."

Riley repeated what he has told us since arriving in December: When the route is open and the protection is good, when everything is clean, the end result should be a completion.

"We're looking for that accuracy, consistency."

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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