Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team started its game two preparations for Southern Mississippi during a two-hour practice held inside the Hawks Center and outside at the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields in shorts and helmets Monday afternoon.
Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck met with media after practice, noting that the team had a good practice Monday after beating Wyoming 37-34 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
“It was good, starting to introduce the prep for Sothern Miss, so it is a lot more teaching and listening and learning day today. You could see, I think they were eager to get out there and play.”
Beck added that it was nice to move on to week two of the season, after a close win against the Cowboys Saturday night.
“It was week one, for lack of a better term. We did some good things out there, just didn’t finish the game real well. We had some individual players break down, and it showed up and kind of hurt us later in the game.” Beck said, “We just didn’t focus at the end, and weren’t able to convert and finish the game the way I was hoping to finish.”
The high-powered Nebraska offense relied on its power running attack was more conservative in its play-calling on Saturday night. In hindsight, Beck wishes that he would have taken more chances during the season opener.
“Yeah there is no doubt, there is opportunities to be able to do it, but once again I kind of feel like we were running the ball pretty affectively. We were going to run it until they (Wyoming) stopped us, and I didn’t think there was any need to risk---and then that one pass at the end of the quarter got intercepted.” Beck said, “If you look back there were opportunities we could have took, probably should have took them in hindsight, but we didn’t.”
Nebraska boasted a four-man running combo Saturday night, which led the Huskers to 375 yards rushing against the Cowboys. Beck noted that he trusts running backs coach Ron Brown to continue to help the stable of running backs produce amazing stats.
“I trust Ron (Brown) to be able to know what they need to do.” Beck said, “It is not a sprint it is a marathon, we have a long season ahead of us, and we are going to need them all. It is good to get them touches and experience.”
True freshman running back Terrell Newby of West Hills, Calif., was one of those backs that helped NU record 375 on the ground. Beck said that he was really impressed with Newby’s play and to expect more carries to go his way.
“I was very pleased with what he did, again just kind of trust and rely on our coaches that is why they are here.” Beck said, “I wanted Terrell in the game because of his speed, and I wanted some fresh legs in the game, and he brought us that.”
Nebraska will continue preparations Tuesday as the team moves closer to its second game of the year. NU will face Southern Mississippi on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network. Check back here at Huskers.com for updates revolving around Husker football.