LINCOLN - The Huskers practiced indoors Tuesday afternoon at the Hawks Championship Center as they continue to prepare for the Missouri Tigers, who are ranked No. 6 in the latest BCS rankings. The Huskers practiced in full pads for just over two hours. After the workout, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini talked to the media about this weekend's matchup as the Blackshirts go up against the Tigers offensive attack and junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Pelini talked about Missouri's physical offense attack.
"They spread you out," he said. "They run the ball well. They are a physical offensive team."
Gabbert has helped lead the Tigers to a 7-0 season thus far with MU's offense averaging 34.7 points per game.
"He's having a great year," Pelini said. "I think he understands the offense better. He's got a strong arm. Film study tells you he's a good quarterback. Anybody would know that just from watching it."
Pelini believes Missouri is going to attempt to establish the running game and still thinks the NU run defense has room to improve.
"We didn't tackle very well. We made some mistakes on our run fits. There are a lot of things we need to shore up if we're going to stop these guys."
Overall, Pelini said he is happy with the defensive line's performance this season.
The Huskers will continue to prepare for Missouri when they practice Wednesday afternoon. Saturday's game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and can be seen regionally on ABC-HD.