Nebraska faces a stern defensive test this weekend, taking on Missouri’s fifth-ranked offense on Saturday night at Faurot Field in Columbia. The Tigers are led by quarterback Chase Daniel, who ranks fifth nationally in individual total offense, while leading an attack that averages 200 rushing yards and just over 340 yards passing per game.

In order to stop Daniel, the Huskers are concentrating on replicating his play with members of their scout team, in particular, NU quarterback Zac Lee. The NU defense got their first on-field preparations for the Tigers during a 2 ˝ workout on Tuesday inside the Hawks Championship Center and Husker coaches praised Lee’s work.

“He’s done great,” Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson said of Lee. “He’s got a quick trigger and is a heck of a passer, so they’re very similar. He’s all happy, saying ‘Hey, I got to run the option today.’ “

Defensive Coordinator Kevin Cosgrove agreed that Lee has given the Husker defense a “tremendous picture” of Daniel, especially in preparing for the strength of Daniel’s throwing arm. And while Watson agrees that Lee’s passing strength is similar to Daniel’s, he is also quick to point out that all of the Husker quarterbacks have powerful arms.

“If I said (Zac had the strongest arm), the four other guys would want to fight me,” said Watson with a smile. “He’s got a strong arm, let’s put it like that. He would be in the strongest category.”

After opening conference play with a 35-17 victory over Iowa State last weekend, the Huskers are looking ahead to their first road game of the conference season this weekend.

Nebraska will have a full practice tomorrow and again Thursday before a walk-thru on Friday. The game against Missouri will have a national television audience, airing on ESPN with an 8:15 p.m. kickoff time.