Satterfield Discusses Offensive Depth
Following day three of spring football, Offensive Coordinator Marcus Satterfield met with members of the media to discuss the first few days of practice.
"I love this team," Satterfield said. "I love offense, defense. Not just the offense, but just from the off-season to competition week to the first couple days of spring practice, these guys compete. They like to play football. They like each other. They like being around each other. They like competing against each other. So, I'm really excited about where I think, I'm not coming out of three days thinking, "Oh crap this isn't what I thought it was going to be." It's even higher than I thought it would possibly be, from just what we have a chance to do here."
Satterfield expanded on his view of the future of the offense.
"Everybody wants to know what it looks like, and our brand, you kind of know what you want it to look like, but you're always going to go to the side of what you have from a personnel standpoint," he said. "The one consistent thing that we can guarantee is that we're going to try to play clean football and protect the football. People talk about balanced offense, it's not throw it 50 percent, run it 50 percent. There's going to be times in the game where we're going to need to run the ball, and we've got to be able to do that at a high level. There's going to be times in the game where we need to throw the ball, and we need to do that at a high level. So, everything we do daily is just trying to inch closer to those goals."
He also discussed the versatility of the offense.
"We're a positionless offense," Satterfield said. "Our tight ends can play running backs. Our running backs can go play receiver. Our receivers can go play tight end. Our quarterbacks can go play receiver. We're going to, whatever you do, we're going to widen you up everywhere."
Satterfield highlighted the depth at the tight end position.
"We have the body types, "Satterfield said. "It's what I've always wanted to have in an offense. I've never had this many tight ends, but we want to be in 13 personnel at times, where you have a tight end who's maybe a bigger guy that puts his head down and is blocking...and you have another tight end who night be a little bit shorter that's playing more the fullback type. And then you have another tight end who might be just a little bit undersized, and he's playing in the slot, but they're all tight ends and they're all having to be counted as tight ends. So, as many as we can get out there at once is awesome for me. I think we're going to have a chance to have really good depth at that position."
The Huskers will continue their spring practice on Saturday. The annual Red-White Spring Game presented by FNBO is set for April 22, at 1 p.m. (CT). Tickets for the Spring Game can be purchased on Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED.