In closing preparations for Saturday’s nationally-televised game against No. 17 Missouri, the No. 25 Nebraska football team focused Thursday on controlling field position by continuing its success in the punting game and limiting turnovers, especially early in the game.
The Huskers rank first in the Big 12 by average 37.7 net yards per punt. While junior punter Dan Titchener has been key to
“That snap and the consistency of that snap coming on-line in the frame of that body is so important to the punter’s rhythm,” Callahan said after
While emphasizing O’Leary’s efforts in the punting game, Callahan also noted Titchener’s consistency as a key component in the punting game. Titchner has pinned NU foes inside the 20-yard line six times on 20 punts this year.
“We couldn’t ask for anything more than what he’s given,” Callahan said. “He’s been really consistent in terms of his hang time and his ability to punt the ball up and let the net get under it. He’s done some directional (punting) where he’s moved the return man in a lot of instances. The most impressive thing he’s done is pin the opponent inside the 20.”
“I think that’s been a little bit of a concern for us early, that we have great ball security and make great decisions with the ball in our hand, early in the game,” head coach Bill Callahan said.
Early turnovers were an issue for
“We have to be really conscious of that (ball security) and really protective of the ball,” Callahan said. “I think our guys are really in tune with that.”