Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander seems to genuinely like what he sees through five spring practices.
Specifically, he's seeing defenders getting to the football faster, he told reporters. That's helping create turnovers.
He also mentioned two areas that need improvement over last year. For one, he said, he's seeing the secondary intercept more passes rather than just batting them down.
Plus, "The guys are getting to the passer," he said, noting the outside linebackers are playing a lead role in that regard.
Granted, it's just spring. The defense has a long way to go to get to a level that this staff wants. But Chinander's assessment sounds like progress.
Meanwhile, 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior JoJo Domann was among players who spoke to the media horde. He's playing primarily outside linebacker -- he's working with the top unit at that position -- but also helping at nickel. He also could be used as a safety in the base defense, according to the coaches. Bottom line, he's a valuable multi-dimensional player who will be on the field most of the time.
A highlight of the day was the presence of outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt, who's in the midst of treatments for a form of throat cancer.
"Anytime he's out there, it brings a smile to my face," Chinander said.
We'll have plenty from Dewitt's meeting with reporters coming soon.