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Huskers fall practice, Day 5, 8/8

NU running back Miles Jones talks with Associate Athletic Director Matt Davison during football practice outside the Hawks Championship Center in August.

Freshman running back Miles Jones will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, Nebraska offensive coordinator Troy Walters said Wednesday.

Jones, played only against Bethune-Cookman this season, and had surgery after that contest. He had one rush for five yards, and a 21-yard reception in that game.

"We wanted to make sure he'd be back for spring," Walters said. "We've got to get him healthy, ready to go."

* With the resignation of defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson 10 days ago, Illinois' defense has taken on a new look, Walters said. 

"Big change. They're playing kind of like Tampa in Chicago in the NFL with (head coach) Lovie (Smith): disciplined, they don't do a whole lot, but what they do, they do well. Playing with a lot of passion, enthusiasm," Walters said. "It was a whole different defense their last game. Our guys noticed that and we know were going to have to come ready to go."

* Walters also gave some insight into how the offensive staff builds its game plan every week. It's a collaborative effort, he said, with ideas coming from everyone on the staff and the best pieces being molded together for Saturdays.

"We give everybody the floor, everybody the opportunity to present their ideas and why it will work," Walters said. "And we kind of mold everything together and make sure everything fits with what we're trying to do, and situationally, and in the week we come up with a good plan and it's fun to watch when we execute."

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