A week after facing off against one of the nation's most prolific passing offenses in Oklahoma State, the Husker defense will have another chance to take on a prolific offense this Saturday when Missouri visits Lincoln. Defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders talked about the importance his safeties will play in this week's game.
"They are going to spread you out and they have a good run game, so they are going to put you out in space and make you tackle," Sanders said. "That's a challenge for us so we have to be ready."
Leading the Missouri offense is quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The junior signal-caller has amassed over 1,800 passing yards through the first seven games, and helped his team upset then-No. 1 Oklahoma last weekend. Along with Gabbert's passing skills, Sanders said the Huskers must be ready for the quarterback to take off and run as well.
"What's really good about him, he has such a quick release," Sanders said. "He can get that ball out. You look and a lot of teams are not able to get a lot of pressure on him because he has that quick release, but also he's got good feet. Going into certain games for example, you knew (Jake) Locker could run, but (Brandon) Weeden wasn't a run guy. The guy at Texas (Garrett Gilbert) wasn't really a running first quarterback. This guy can take off and run and make some yards."
The Huskers and Tigers kick off on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. The game is available regionally on ABC.