The defensive side had the spotlight after Monday's Nebraska football practice, and the coaches who spoke said the players' greater understanding of the system has been a big bonus.

Coach Mike Dawson said his outside linebackers have gone from "400-level classes to 700 level" since last year. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said the players are having "real football conversations now."

Linebackers Chris Kolarevic and Garrett Nelson were among the players who spoke. Scroll down for all the coverage and video, and go here follow the discussion on the HuskerMax forums. 

Scenes from the practice field

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HuskerMax/KLIN practice report

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Erik Chinander and Chris Kolarevic

Luke Reimer

Garrett Nelson

Barrett Ruud

Mike Dawson

Pheldarius Payne

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