Nebraska football practice, 4.17

Nebraska wide receiver Oliver Martin (left) catches a pass while being pursued by cornerback Quinton Newsome on Saturday during a football practice at Memorial Stadium.

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Nebraska sophomore Quinton Newsome appears poised to grab a spot as a starting cornerback. 

That was the word Monday from Husker secondary coach Travis Fisher after the team pushed through another spring practice. 

Asked what has been the key to Newsome moving to the front of the pack, Fisher said, "It's all about just being able to take the coaching and being able to go out and take the classroom teaching to the field, and then being able to make mistakes in practice and come back and correct the mistake."

Sophomores Nadab Joseph and Braxton Clark are among those battling for the spot. 

Of course, junior Cam Taylor-Britt holds down the other corner spot. He's having an excellent spring, Fisher said.  

"You know, Cam is tough," Fisher said. "He doesn't miss practices. He gets banged up, he jumps right back in."

Other nuggets: 

* Regarding receiver Omar Manning, he gives the secondary problems every single play, Fisher said. But that will get his secondary ready to play in big games, the coach said. 

* Nebraska outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson said JoJo Domann has practiced on only a limited basis. He's spending a lot of time tutoring younger defenders such as Javin Wright and Isaac Gifford. 

* Fisher likes his secondary's talent, obviously. But it has to get more takeaways, he said.

"It's a huge point of emphasis this spring to play the deeper passes and being able to take chances on the football and come down with it."

* Dawson, who leads the special teams, said starting roles on various units won't be finalized until August, and competition for roles really never ends.

This article originally ran on journalstar.com.

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