April 15, 2006

Callahan turns his running backs loose

Determined not to finish at the bottom of the Big 12 rushing charts again, the Nebraska offense has focused heavily on its running game during spring practice.

The Huskers' rejuvenated running game was showcased at Saturday's Red - White spring game with Marlon Lucky, Cody Glenn and Leon Jackson all carrying the ball with the No. 1 offense. The sophomore trio combined for 231 yards on 40 carries for the victorious Red squad.

"We've got young backs that needed this kind of atmosphere, this type of pressure to compete in," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said. "I was glad that they all stepped up and did well.

"We emphasized it quite a bit. We really wanted to test our young backs and see how they held up, and I thought they did a fine job."

Lucky and Glenn, who both showed signs of emerging as the Huskers' No. 1 running back during the 14 practices leading up to the spring game, got the bulk of the carries Saturday against the No. 2 defense. Glenn finished the game with 98 yards on 16 carries, while Lucky produced 85 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts.

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