Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team continued its week of
preparation for Saturday's showdown against Penn State on Tuesday. The
team practiced in full pads for just over two hours, splitting time
between the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass
Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis
addressed the media after practice, focused on stopping a Penn State offense
that has exceeded expectations this season.
extremely efficient at what they do," Papuchis said. "They don't do a lot, but
what they do is really well-coached, really sound. The quarterback understands where
to go with the football and they're obviously a well-coached team watching them
Penn State Head Coach Bill O'Brien certainly
deserves a lot of credit for turning a season that began with two losses and
the stain of NCAA sanctions into a 6-3 (4-1) campaign. However, Papuchis said that
he's been very impressed by the Nittany Lions' fifth-year senior quarterback,
in really well in what they do," Papuchis said. "He's very efficient, very
productive, and he's only thrown three interceptions on the year. He's careful with
the ball and makes good decisions."
Papuchis also mentioned some of the
improvements he has seen in McGloin compared to last season, during which he
threw eight touchdown passes and five interceptions. This season, McGloin has
already thrown 18 touchdowns, while only throwing three interceptions, and will
look to continue his progress on Saturday.
maturing in the role," Papuchis said. "He has another 12 or 13 starts under his
belt since the last time we played them and you can see he has grown as a
player. He knows where to go with the ball, he's accurate, he finds a way to
make things happen, and he buys himself time in the pocket. He's a good player."
secondary hasn't been easy to pick apart for opposing quarterbacks, though. The
Blackshirts are giving up only 156 passing yards per game this season, along
with the lowest opposing pass completion percentage in the nation at 46
percent. Papuchis commented on the number of players it takes to make that
an all-hands-on-deck mentality when it comes to who we play in the secondary,"
Papuchis said. "A bunch of corners have seen significant time for us this year.
Our safety spot is a little bit more solidified, but with as much nickel and
dime as we play - whether it's Cooper or Blatchford or a linebacker in there - whatever
fits that week, we go with the best personnel and try to maximize the roster
that we have."
Check back here at Huskers.com as the Nebraska football
team continues to prepare for its Saturday showdown against the Penn State
Nittany Lions. Kickoff between the Huskers and Nittany Lions will be locally
televised on ABC and ESPN 2 at 2:30 p.m.