Huskers Look to Neutralize Colter, Stop Northwestern
Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours in full pads on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields Tuesday afternoon, as the Huskers continued preparations for Saturday's Legends Division showdown against the Northwestern Wildcats.
Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis addressed the media after practice with his focus on Northwestern's dual-threat quarterback/wide receiver, Kain Colter.
"He's a great talent and a great athlete. He has come a long way as a quarterback, and he's a threat as a wide out," Papuchis said. "He's the guy they are looking for when he lines up outside, and a big part of the game plan is going to be to neutralize him, whether he's at wide out or quarterback."
Colter started the first four games at quarterback for the Wildcats this season before switching back to his quarterback/wide receiver dual role. Last season, as a sophomore, he led Northwestern in rushing, passing, and receiving yards. He also scored two rushing touchdowns and threw for another in Northwestern's 28-25 win at Nebraska last season. Papuchis commented on preparing for both Colter and sophomore Trevor Siemian at quarterback this week.
"In the first five weeks they both ran the same plays, but obviously Kain's more of a running weapon at quarterback," Papuchis said. "We're preparing for both guys to play, we expect both guys to play, and our guys will be ready for both of them."
Nebraska's last time out saw an early lead turn into a 63-38 loss at Ohio State. Papuchis discussed how the team has moved on from the disappointing setback, and how much is still left on the table for the Huskers this year.
"Our guys are resilient," Papuchis said. "They know there's a lot left for us in the back half of the year. We still control our destiny to Indianapolis and we control our destiny to the Rose Bowl."
Check back here on Huskers.com for updates throughout the week as the Nebraska football team prepares for Saturday's game, which is set for 2:30 p.m. (central) with live national television coverage on ABC or ESPN2 in markets where the game is not on ABC.