The Nebraska football team continued preparations for its fourth Big 12 game on Tuesday with a 2 1/2 hour practice inside the Hawks Championship Center. The Huskers return to Memorial Stadium this Saturday for the first time in three weeks to take on the Baylor Bears. The Husker offense is focusing on the talented Baylor defense, which features several playmakers, including junior safety Jordan Lake.

“He’s a heck of a football player,” Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson said. “I haven’t seen a safety in our league like him. He’s a sure tackler; I haven’t seen anybody that he hasn’t been able to tackle in the open field. He sticks out on film.”

Lake headlines a defense that has improved greatly over the past few years, and one that the Huskers don’t take lightly.

“They’re a typical Big 12 defense,” Watson said. “I think they have very skilled football players. They’re playing real assignment-sound defense and they’re flying around the football. I haven’t played them in a number of years, but they are a markedly different football team.”

Watson praised his team’s domination of the time of possession battle in the last two games, which has seen the Huskers hold the ball for 77:23 compared to 42:37 for their opponents.

“They’re playing really confident football right now,” Watson said about the Husker offense. “They really believe in what we’re doing, and how we’re doing what we’re doing. Now every week it just gets better. I think they are really gaining confidence in what we’re doing.”

The Huskers and Bears are slated for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff time, and the contest can be seen on Versus.