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Saturday’s show at Memorial Stadium was a bit like when your Mom used to say, “I just hope everyone has a good time.”

The Red team technically beat the White team 24-13 in the 2019 version of the Spring Game, but mostly this was about the Huskers having a clean practice and no one suffering a serious injury.

So, yeah, in that regard, Scott Frost’s team had a good time before a crowd of 85,946. Once again, the fans were the star of the show. 

But here are some Fast Takes about some of what we saw on the field too.

The Red defense, the top unit, gave up a couple chunk plays, but really had the type of grip on things against the reserves that you would hope.

You’re getting a good idea of what it looks like as far as the 2019 defensive regulars go, with a top four on the D-line of Darrion Daniels, Ben Stille and the Davis twins, that is backed up by some decent depth. They are bigger, as advertised all spring.

At linebacker, there are some depth worries, but you’ve got JoJo Domann and Tyrin Ferguson as the lead outside guys, aided by Alex Davis, and Mohamed Barry and Collin Miller as the lead inside guys, though Will Honas being full go in the fall. He needs to matter too.

The corners right now are Lamar Jackson and Dicaprio Bootle, with the safeties Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke, with Cam Taylor a guy who can be used all over, and has been working the nickel.

Nothing is settled, but you can safely say all those guys named are going to have big roles.

They only gave up six points in their first half of work, and when the White team did push to the 10-yard-line on one drive, the top-unit guys locked down in a way you like to see. This was set up for the top defense to win today, and they did, finishing off spring the right way.

The alarming part is if the offense would have lit the defense up on Saturday after all the good comments about Erik Chinander’s group in the 14 practices previous.

The backup quarterback situation remains interesting and competition will run through fall camp, though Scott Frost said Noah Vedral would probably be No. 2 if there was a game today.

But I think Luke McCaffrey, especially with at least four games available to him with the redshirt rule, makes the conversation more interesting than most years.

The true freshman is fast and looked pretty comfortable running that option out there, though you can tell he’s still picking it up in the passing game. He even picked up five yards running an option on his first play, which isn’t easy to do in a green jersey when you’re down the moment they touch you. I think that no-contact jersey may have cost him a big run a few plays later.

He looked pretty poised in the second quarter going against the top defense, including a nice scramble where he was directing a receiver to a spot mid-play. He then completed the third-and-10 pass to Miles Jones for a first down. A lot to learn still, but everyone in Nebraska learned in a hurry he has wheels.

The O-line didn’t just blow anyone’s doors off with the run game, but then, it’s tougher when your QB is down just by being touched.

But for those wondering about the center competition, Cameron Jurgens was with the top group. From left to right, it was Brenden Jaimes-Trent Hixson-Jurgens-Boe Wilson-Matt Farniok.

A lot can happen over the next four months but don’t be shocked if that’s the group that trots out there on opening day.

Never jump to big conclusions off of the Spring Game, but I did think this was an important day for Noah Vedral.

His two appearances in front of Husker fans – in the 2018 Spring Game and against Bethune-Cookman – prior to Saturday weren’t the best example of his skills. After a ho-hum first series, he settled in and looked comfortable leading the Red offense against the reserves. He was 10-of-12 for 105 yards passing in the first half, and that offense played with good pace while he was in there.

All told, Husker QBs were 25-of-44 for 305 yards in that first half. Remember when comparing the snaps, Vedral largely went against the reserve defenders while Andrew Bunch had an 8-for-18 first half mostly against the top offense.

Adrian Martinez played five series, a total of 23 plays, which is all that was necessary for the quarterback who absolutely has to stay healthy.

The honest truth is it’s hard to evaluate Martinez in a green jersey sometimes because plays are called dead that that he would make more of if defenders had to take him to the ground.

He had one throw he won’t like on film that could have been picked, but he also fit a 57-yarder in to Kade Warner that was darn good, and his scramble away from a sack to Jaron Woodyard for a 20-yard touchdown was a taste of how even a disjointed play can turn into a success.

The best news of the spring: He leaves it healthy. No brace on the knee. And he’s taken to being the top leader on the team, just like Scott Frost challenged him to be.

By the way, a guy who many sleep on, but shouldn’t: Kade Warner.

He’s got a good connection with Adrian Martinez. He knows the offense as well as anyone. And the wide receiver shouldn’t be typecast. Remember, this guy had more than 3,000 all-purpose yards during his high school career in Arizona.

Miles Jones shouldn’t be forgotten either.

He did have a pass go off his hands that was intercepted by Marquel Dismuke, but I like his burst and he had 56 yards on six touches in the first half, including a nice 22-yard catch where he was able to haul it in while making sure he got his feet in-bounds.

The offense was missing its share of weapons that it will have in the fall, but Jones can be a factor. The big now staying consistently healthy, so his progress doesn’t get derailed.

Two freshmen who popped out at times on the backup defense: Garrett Nelson and Casey Rogers.

Nelson had a TFL on one of his first plays, then notched a quarterback hurry on the very next play. Rogers also blew up a play for a tackle-for-loss of his own. He already has some of that Big Ten size, even though he’s just a redshirt freshman.

Darrion Daniels was one of the stories of the spring, and I think you saw why if you paid attention to the trenches.

The interior of the White team’s O-line was getting moved around pretty good in the early stages of the scrimmages and big No. 79 was a reason why.

There was a play where Daniels and JoJo Domann caved in for a TFL that I’m sure got Husker fans feeling a certain way.

Cam Taylor was the punt returner on Saturday.

Make what you will of it, but it gave me flashbacks to another defensive back wearing No. 5 standing back there – DeJuan Groce. Not a bad guy to try to imitated. One of the best that has done it at this school.

Final thought: You have a good idea of who many of the starters are going to be, but there are summer arrivals at running back, wide receiver and in the secondary who are going to give this team a bit of a makeover when we see them again in August.

But the big takeaway from the spring to me is the defense has made a move, both in size and their confidence in being in attack mode.

Given the belief so many seem to have in Scott Frost’s offense being ready for the lights with Adrian Martinez, the defense having that kind of spring should leave most encouraged as we head to the long, long summer.

The appetizer presented Saturday offers fair reason for hope of what the main course might bring.