Nebraska's defense by all accounts had a productive spring. What's next for the Blackshirts?
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One of the main storylines of Nebraska spring football has been the defense's improvement. How much can be read into that kind of talk in March and April?
"There's not a lot of big boys like me who can move and do the things that I can do," says 6-foot-3, 340-pound Damion Daniels. "If I keep my weight where it's at, drop the body fat and put on some more muscle, I'm pretty sure I'll be unstoppable, pretty much."
First, it was a competition day last week that the Nebraska defense took from the offense down the stretch.
If you’re looking for the most significant moment of spring ball for Nebraska, it’s not going to come in a drill or a one-on-one.
"Darrion’s making plays on the field, but that’s not the most impressive part of Darrion," NU head coach Scott Frost says of nose tackle Darrion Daniels. "It would be really hard for someone to change teams, come into a new college program and come in and be a leader immediately, but that’s what he’s done. He’s brought a spark to that D-line (and) I think a sense of accountability to the D-line and to the whole defense."
March Madness is wildly entertaining (we see you, Big Ten). What a weekend (we see you, Ja Morant and Cassius Winston). But perhaps spring football can grab some of your sporting attention. With spring break complete, Nebraska resumes drills Monday.
It appears that Darrion Daniels and younger brother Damion Daniels could become a one-two punch in the middle of the Nebraska defense. “Damion Daniels and Darrion Daniels, those guys are alpha males," new Husker defensive line coach Tony Tuioti said. "That’s great to have. That’s one thing that we always try to find is a nose guard that’s a real war daddy."
The story of how Nebraska found Tony Tuioti, his whirlwind hiring process and now his attempt to "close the gap," in terms of getting to know players and get ready for spring ball.
Nebraska opens spring football Monday and is set for a five-week session before the Red-White Spring Game on April 13 at Memorial Stadium. In the days before spring ball starts, the Journal Star is previewing each position group. We continue with the defensive line.