"We've had a really good spring camp on both sides of the ball," Watson said. "We're farther ahead than where we thought we would be. We've got a lot to do and that's what coaching is. We've had some really good spots and there are others where we still have a lot of coaching to do."
Watson will field an offense that has 10 returning starters and is coming off a 396-yard effort in the 2009 Holiday Bowl shutout over Arizona. However, he emphasized improvements from younger players looking for playing time, particularly with better execution and sound fundamentals.
"We just have to be more consistent and have more attention to detail," he said. "Sometimes what happens with younger players is they execute, and then they run plays. There's a difference, (because) when they run plays there is a mistake and when they execute there are no mistakes. We just have to keep coaching and keep working. If we can keep them in that execution mode time after time that's when they can get pretty good."
Nebraska will practice on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week before the annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 17 at Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8BIG-RED.