Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team practiced for two
hours on Wednesday primarily inside the Hawks Championship Center in
preparation for its Big Ten road showdown against the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Husker defense will have their work cut out trying to
stop the zone-read attack that the Wildcats present. Running backs coach Ron
Brown discussed how stopping the zone-read is no easy task for a defense.
“Zone-reads came out in the early 2000’s, and I think
Northwestern was one of the teams that were really pioneers of it.” Brown said,
“You don’t just read the backside end, you can read the linebackers, you can
read a three technique, a nose, and even somebody in the secondary.”
On the offensive side of the ball, the Husker offensive line
will have to try to contain junior defensive lineman Tyler Scott. Scott is the
current sacks leader in the Big Ten with six sacks through seven games.
Offensive line coach Barney Cotton discussed the difficulties
blocking Scott, “Most of his sacks have come inside, in almost a rabbit package
like we have in third and long.” Cotton said, “We have got to do a good job
transitioning from second down to third and medium or third and long.”
*Coach Brown noted that senior running back Rex Burkhead has
looked good this week, and has made a lot of progress this week. “We are
expecting some good stuff from him.”
Check back here on Huskers.com for
updates throughout the week as the Nebraska football team prepares for its
conference showdown Saturday against the Northwestern Wildcats. Kickoff between
the Huskers and Wildcats in Evanston is set for 2:30 p.m. (central) with live
regional television coverage on ABC and ESPN2.