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Nebraska will look to Niles Paul among many to combat Virginia Tech's defense on Saturday.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 09/15/2009
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Huskers Focus on Facing a Strong Defense

The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours Tuesday on the Ed and Joyanne Gass grass practice fields northeast of Memorial Stadium.  The Huskers are working toward their first road test of the season with Virginia Tech this weekend. The Hokies boast a strong defense and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson commented on what sticks out most about the squad.

"They are everything you expect them to be, they don't disappoint you," Watson said. "The thing that I see is that they fly around the football. They are a really good pursuit defense."

Virginia Tech made the trip to Lincoln last year and escaped with a 35-30 victory. Watson doesn't see a huge difference between the team they will face Saturday and the team they hosted in 2008.

"They believe in their philosophy and they have a culture on their side of the ball that is proven," he said.  "They do a great job."

Watson expects quarterback Zac Lee to be readily prepared for the challenge of leading the offense on the road. The coaches will modify the game plan so that it will be most comfortable and productive for Lee and the offense.

"You always change every week; we changed from week one to week two what we ask him to do," Watson said. "It will be different, but I have a pretty good idea of what he's comfortable with and what he knows. That is the stuff that as we work through our game plan this week, that we'll end up doing Saturday."

The Huskers will continue preparations for this weekend's game against the Hokies with another practice Wednesday afternoon. The Nebraska-Virginia Tech game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be aired on ABC.

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