Senior DeJon Gomes and the Huskers hope to pressure UW quarterback Jake Locker this Saturday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Secondary Prepares for Washington Offense

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - The Nebraska football team crossed the midpoint of the week with a two-hour workout inside the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields on Wednesday afternoon.

The headline challenge for this week's road test at Washington is containing Huskie quarterback Jake Locker, a fourth-year starter who has thrown for over 5,300 yards during his career. Locker's talent will challenge a Nebraska secondary that had five interceptions in last week's win over Idaho.

"He (Locker) does a lot of things good," secondary coach Marvin Sanders said. "There's a reason people think he's the top rated quarterback in college football. He can do a lot of things with his arm, but he can also hurt you with his feet. With a quarterback as accurate as he is, they will try you deep, they'll try you short. They will do a whole bunch of things that pose challenges."

Four of Locker's five touchdown passes this season have gone to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, including three scores in last weekend's victory over Syracuse. Sanders said they tough test of facing Locker and Kearse will not change the NU defense's goal to attack.

"That's our goal every week," Sanders said. "If we have an opportunity, we want to take advantage of those opportunities that are presented to us. Whether or not those opportunities come, we won't know until Saturday."

The Huskers will have one more practice in Lincoln on Thursday afternoon before packing for the Northwest. Nebraska will depart for Seattle late Friday morning.


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