Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Marcus Satterfield met with members of the media following spring practice on Thursday.

Satterfield spoke to the transition after hiring Quarterbacks Coach Glenn Thomas, and how he’s balancing managing the whole offense while focusing on tight ends.

“It’s really easy. We have a great staff. Bringing Glenn (Thomas) on board, we’ve known each other for 20 years. We think the same and we have the same expectations of quarterback play. It’s easy for me to go in and out of the tight end room, to the quarterback room, to make sure that we’re maintaining a relationship, because that’s crucial. I’m going to have to communicate to those guys throughout the game. It’s been a very easy transition to this point.”

He attested to the importance of the passing game this season.

“We’re going to throw the ball. We have to be able to throw the ball. I think we’re always going to find a way to run the ball, but as you saw last year, you can run the ball well, but there’s going to come times when, to win a game, you have to throw the ball. We’ve really been focusing on our passing game and our pass protection and our route running and all the concepts of throwing the football.”

Satterfield also praised freshman quarterbacks Dylan Raiola and Daniel Kaelin for their work and development on and off the field.

“It’s amazing. We’re watching them two days ago, practice four, completing a bunch of balls, and you sit there and you forget sometimes, that’s Dylan and Danny’s fourth practice in college going against these guys, and they’re still able to have the poise, footwork, timing in their brains and knowledge of the system already to get completions. It’s hard to do, especially against our defense, moving around like they do. I think that they’re ahead of schedule and the good thing about those guys is they’re competitors and they work their butts off on the field and off the field to make sure that when they do get on the field, they understand what’s going on and where everybody is going to be.”

The Huskers will continue with spring practice on Saturday. The annual Red-White Spring game presented by FNBO is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. (CT). Tickets can be purchased on huskers.com or by calling the ticket office at 800-8-BIG RED.

NEBRASKA ATHLETICS HOSTS BIG TEN COMMUNITY AND IMPACT REPRESENTATIVES

Nebraska’s Executive Associate AD for Strategic Initiatives Dr. Lawrence Chatters and Assistant Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives Mya Felder welcomed Big Ten Conference Office Representatives to Nebraska’s campus on March 19-20. Through the two-day experience, Omar Brown, Senior Vice President for Community and Impact and Eriana Henderson a George and Viola Taliferro Fellow, had the opportunity to tour Nebraska's campus and gain insight on various Inclusive Excellence initiatives at the university.

“We are grateful that Omar and Eriana took the time to visit Nebraska," Dr. Chatters said. "We wanted to give them an in depth look at what we offer as a campus and athletic department. We are hopeful that they walked away with a deeper understanding of what make Nebraska such a special place. We kept them buy and rolled out the red carpet for them.”

After the pair arrived on Tuesday, they met with Dr. Marco Baker, Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion, and talked about future collaboration between the conference and campus inclusion leaders across the Big Ten.

Later that day, Big Ten representatives had the chance to tour the campus, learning more about the history of the university through various academic and athletic buildings. This included the Gaughan Multicultural Center and the Devaney, Hendricks, and Francis Allen Training Complex where they had the chance to chat with student-athletes about their experiences. They wrapped up the night at Haymarket Park where they had the chance to watch the Nebraska baseball team take on in-state rival Omaha.

On Wednesday morning, the day started with breakfast with student-athletes that participate in various student athlete groups such as Black Student-Athlete Alliance, International Student-Athlete Alliance, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Athlete Ally. 

Brown and Henderson also had the chance to share some of the educational travel opportunities the Big Ten is offering in the coming months.
 
“Our visit to Nebraska offered our community and impact staff to interact with student-athletes across various identities to hear their feedback, take a tour of the new world class facility that will be opening soon and connect with key campus stakeholders," Brown said.
 
After the panel, they ventured to Life Skills where they had the chance to speak with Keith Zimmer, Executive Associate AD - Life Skills, about the everyday resources available to student-athletes. The next stop was Memorial Stadium where the representatives ate lunch at the training table, toured the facilities and had the chance to check out different student athlete serving areas within the stadium. 
 
After lunch, Nebraska Athletics hosted the monthly Big Ten Equality Coalition Call, featuring conversation from Dr. Alexes Harris, a professor and Faculty Athletic Rep for The University of Washington. Following dinner at the training table, the group wrapped up the night at Bowlin Stadium where they watched Nebraska Softball take on Omaha.

They concluded the trip the next morning over breakfast in the Haymarket.

HUSKERS CONCLUDE 2023-24 CAMPAIGN IN NCAA SECOND ROUND

The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team ended its season with a 196.600 team score in Session I of the second round of the NCAA Championships in Arkansas on Thursday.

No. 10 Arkansas earned a 197.325, No. 7 Kentucky scored a 197.100, and Arizona notched a 195.600. UA and UK advanced to the regional final on Saturday.

Rotation One
The Huskers kicked off the meet on bars, notching a 49.225 as a team. Kinsey Davis registered a 9.925 to top the lineup, and Spence followed her with a 9.875. Whitney Jencks earned a 9.850 and Emma Simpton posted a 9.825. Clara Colombo (9.750) and Bácskay (9.625) rounded out the rotation.

Rotation Two
NU continued the afternoon with a 49.125 on beam, led by Spence’s 9.875. Sophia McClelland and Jencks each earned a 9.850 – Jencks’ appearance on beam on Thursday was her first of the season. Isabel Sikon and Bácskay both scored a 9.775, while Ayzhia Hall finished out the lineup (9.275).

Rotation Three
Nebraska registered a 49.225 on floor to continue the day. Spence led the team with a 9.900, and Martina Comin and McClelland each earned a 9.850. Bácskay posted a 9.825, and Jencks (9.800) and Halle Rourke (9.725) rounded out the rotation.

Rotation Four
The Big Red concluded the session on vault, scoring a 49.025 as a team. Davis and Bácskay led NU with a 9.850 each – Davis’ was a season-high. Hall and Comin both notched a 9.800, and Sikon (9.725) and Spence (9.200) completed the lineup.

FOUR HUSKERS NAMED REGULAR-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS

Four Nebraska men's gymnasts were named NCAA Regular-Season All-Americans announced the College Gymnastics Association. The gymnasts that earned the honors include Taylor Christopulos, Cooper Giles, Sam Phillips and Zac Tiderman.

Taylor Christopulos, a native of Layton, Utah, was named a regular-season All-American on floor and vault, receiving All-America honors for the fourth consecutive year. Christopulos is ranked sixth in the nation on floor (14.167 four-score avg.) and eighth overall on vault (14.65 four-score avg.). In addition to his event title on floor, the Nebraska captain garnered a Big Ten Gymnast of the Week accolade for his performance. On floor, Christopulos notched a personal record of 14.75 on floor and on vault, earning a season-best score of 14.85, both set in the meet against Army and Greenville on February 17. 

Cooper Giles, a native of Lake Zurich, Ill., was named a regular-season All-American on pommel horse for the third time in his career. The senior is ranked fifth overall in the nation with a national qualifying four-score average of 14.417. The senior has collected two event titles this season, notching a personal record of 14.70 against Ohio State on March 26. 

Sam Phillips, a native of Woodland Hills, Calif., was named a regular-season All-American on floor and all-around, earning All-America honors for the second time in his career. Phillips is ranked 11th in the nation on floor (14.05 four-score avg.) and fifth overall in the all-around (79.683 four-score avg.). The Nebraska captain has pocketed four event titles this season with one on parallel bars, one on high bar, and two in the all-around. Phillips put up his personal record on floor against Ohio State on March 26, and collected a season-best score in the all-around against Illinois on March 10. 

Zac Tiderman, a native of Wilsonville, Ore., was named a regular-season All-American on high bar for the second consecutive year. The Huskers’ team captain is ranked eighth in the NCAA with a national qualifying four-score average of 14.017. The senior has collected two event titles on the event this season, scoring a personal and school record of 14.65 against Army and Greenville on February 17.

The Huskers will compete in the Big Ten Championships on April 4-5 for a chance at the conference title. The meet will take place at State Farm Center in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. beginning at 7 p.m. (CT). Fans can keep up with live updates by following @HuskerMGym on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Both sessions (team/event finals) will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network.