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Mike Riley hasn't committed one way or another to whether coordinator Danny Langsdorf will spend gamedays in the press box or on the field.

But judging by the comments from the head coach during his Thursday radio hour on the Husker Sports Network, don't be surprised if Langsdorf is spotted on the sidelines when BYU comes to town on Sept. 5.

"We are considering strongly Danny being down on the field for calling games," Riley said.

Nebraska's first-year head coach noted the advantages for both ways of operating. While the view from the top puts a coach in a controlled environment with everything laid out in front of him, being down on the field allows face-to-face communication.

Riley knows that can be important, especially when a coach and a quarterback are new at working together.

* On the other side of the ball, the Blackshirts will be handed out soon. Apparently real soon. "We've got the names," Riley said. "We know who's going to get them."

* Running backs? Riley named veteran backs Terrell Newby, a junior, and Imani Cross, a senior, as the two who have perhaps shown the most consistency. They also bring college game experience to the table. None of the other scholarship backs have that.

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"There's nothing like playing in the games, and those two have probably been, if not the two most consistent, they're near the top in the running back guild as far as consistency in camp."

* When it comes to preparation, and not overlooking any team, Riley said he just talked to the team this past week about how they only get one shot at each opponent. Make the most of it. This isn't some three-game series.

"Every game in college football to me is a playoff game," he said. "That’s the beauty of it."

* Riley sure hopes like it looks like he's enjoying what he's doing because, you know, he is.

“When people look at me, I hope they see a guy that likes his job. I really do love what I get to do," he said. "And the atmosphere that we try to create, I want our players to enjoy what they’re doing also. It certainly is fun. It should be."

* The night's first caller, Bruce, congratulated Riley on a strong start to his time as Nebraska's head coach.

"Thank you. We are undefeated Bruce," replied a good-humored coach. "We are going strong right now."

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


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