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By NU Athletic Communications
Junior linebacker Corey McKeon will lead Nebraska's talented and experienced group of linebackers against a potent USC offense.
Junior linebacker Corey McKeon will lead Nebraska's talented and experienced group of linebackers against a potent USC offense.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska Weekly Press Conference
Pregame vs. USC
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006
Memorial Stadium

Corey McKeon
Junior, Linebacker

On the USC game
“This game is big in the media and the fans think it’s big for the program.  We’re excited to play our first road game, but we just want to play to our abilities and play against a team like USC who is a national-caliber team every year.  We want our offense, defense and special teams to be clicking.  That’s what we’re looking for.  We want to get into our rhythm and play our style of football, no matter what happens.”

On the mindset for playing USC
“USC has a lot of athletes and talent, but a lot of teams do.  It still comes down to a football game.  They have to block.  They have to run.  They have to do all that, just like we do.  After the hoopla clears, it comes down to one thing: just playing ball.”

On the defensive game plan
“You build game plans for teams like this just like you do for Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State.  They run an offense similar to ours.  It’s nothing we haven’t seen.  Coach (Kevin) Cosgrove will build a game plan, and as long as we execute, we’ll win.”

On USC’s offense
“Their execution stands out.  They have very few mental errors.  They aren’t spectacular in what they do to protect their quarterback, but they do it over and over and it works.  They slide over the big offensive linemen in gap protection, and that’s how they protect their quarterback.  Their talent has been good enough that they’ve been able to do that.  They’ve protected their quarterback well this year.  They have a talented line, and that’s a cause for concern, the fact that they have the talent to do the same thing over and over again and it still works.”

On increasing pressure on USC quarterback John David Booty
“That’s part of the game plan every week, to throw something at a quarterback that he hasn’t seen before.  We’ve constantly done that in the past, and I’m sure what Coach Cosgrove puts in this week will be no different.  As much as will be going on in the game plan, I’m sure part of it is to confuse him.  I’m sure he’ll see stuff from us that he’s never seen before, just like we’ll see stuff from them that we haven’t seen before.”

On USC’s offense
“They have the complete package.  They have threats on the outside.  It’s going to be a total team defensive effort.  If we get the pressure on Booty, he won’t be able to place that ball to those big wide receivers and give our defensive backs a chance to make big plays.  They’re very sound.  You try to look for weaknesses on them.  With the talent and explosiveness they have, we should be ready to face anything, and I think we are.”

On the performance of the defense to this point
“I don’t think we really had an opportunity (to show what we can do).  The first game against Louisiana Tech, they did a great job of running away from us and running outside of our defense.  Last week, Nicholls State had that double-wing offense that you really can’t do a lot against.  I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for our defense to go out, make plays and go against some high-caliber talent that we’ve been looking forward to playing.  It’s going to be fun.  I’m looking forward to playing against such a high-caliber team.”

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