Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Memorial Stadium
Pre-Southern Miss
Monday, Sept. 2, 2013

I-Back Ameer Abdullah
On the taste in his mouth going into practice before Southern Mississippi
“I’m just glad to start the season. It’s been a long offseason, so I’m just glad that we got the win. We’re into the season now and looking forward from this point.”

On the performance of fellow I-back Imani Cross against Wyoming
“He had a great game. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Imani is an underrated runner. People look at his size and stature and just think he’s a power back, but he’s very elusive and a very shifty runner. I feel like people got a taste of what’s to come for Imani this year.”

On freshman I-back Terrell Newby’s performance
“I didn’t expect anything less. He’s been showing good signs in practice that he’s ready to come in and compete. It’s the same thing as with Imani, you saw a good little bit of what you can expect from Terrell this year and what’s to come.”

On what advice he gave Terrell Newby before his first game
“It is football. Even though we have a pretty big crowd out there, 91,000 and it’s bigger than it’s ever been at Memorial Stadium, at the end of the day it’s still football. Just remember the little things that you have to do to be successful on the field, and he understands that.”

On how he felt about how the game ended
“It was a little wilder than we expected. You can never look past an opponent. Wyoming, I tip my hat to them, they came in with a great game plan. It’s a little disappointing that we weren’t as efficient as we hoped to be, but at the end of the day we got the win. We’re just looking forward from this point.”

On if the back rotation gets them out of rhythm
“No, because Coach [Ron] Brown puts people in for certain situations that he thinks are the best for that situation. I think he’s done a pretty good job up to this point. He’s done a good job of putting people in when he needs them in certain situations.”

On what improvement will be made in practice
“For us as a football team, we want to make a big jump with each week to come. Obviously in week one you have a lot of penalties and sloppiness, but you usually see the biggest jump from week one to week two. As a football team, we hope to make a big jump every week. Obviously we want to make a huge jump heading into Southern Mississippi this week. That’s what I’m expecting out of this group this week.”

On what caused the sloppiness against Wyoming
“Just being at a game tempo. It’s much different in practice. Coach Brown always says everyone has a plan until you get hit in the mouth. Wyoming came and hit us in the mouth. We have to stay focused at that point. We can’t just run around all nervous and what not. I feel like we finished the game not as good as we hoped, but good enough to get the ball game and for the win. That’s all, and I can appreciate that.”

On if practicing in the heat during summer helped with how hot the Wyoming game was
“It helped a lot. I wasn’t really tired and I don’t think my teammates, especially on the offensive side of the ball, were really tired. We can give credit to Coach [Tim] Beck because we practice at a pretty high tempo. We run in those temperatures all summer, so we were prepared for the game.”

On what he said to his teammates after the Wyoming game
“We have a certain standard that we want to hold on this team. I felt personally that we didn’t play up to that standard. That may work against some teams in lower divisions than what we are, but that’s not the type of football that we’re capable of playing last Saturday. I know we can be much better, and that’s what I tried to voice to the team. They understand that our preparation is key and how you prepare is how you’re going to play. I let them know to take every rep in practice like it’s a game rep, because whatever you do in practice is going to come out on game day. Preparation is key.”

On what they can take from the Wyoming game
“There’s a lot of positives we can take from that game. I always try to stay pretty even keel and not be more negative than I am positive and vice versa. It’s never as good or never as bad as you think. There’s a lot of positives we can take from the game. We still have to look at the film a little bit more and try to see the positives and negatives and try to correct those things. Obviously 37 points is good, but I feel like we can be better. We just have to get to work.”