Callahan Breaks Down Bearsí Defense

By NU Athletic Communications
Coach Bill Callahan's Huskers practiced for two hours inside Memorial Stadium Tuesday.
Coach Bill Callahan's Huskers practiced for two hours inside Memorial Stadium Tuesday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln - The Nebraska football team continued preparations for this weekend’s home game against Baylor with a two-hour workout in half pads inside Memorial Stadium on Tuesday. The Huskers face the Bears at 1:05 p.m. Saturday.

Earlier in the day at his weekly press conference, Head Coach Bill Callahan considered Baylor’s defensive scheme and what it will have in store for the Huskers’ offense.

"It’s a very aggressive package they’re using down there," Callahan said. "It’s a lot of eight-man football, a 44 defense where you’re going to see everybody up, a lot of man coverage. They have the ability to play some zone, but they’re a very aggressive defense. We watched them against Missouri, and they pressured Missouri on every down. So this game is going to come to our ability to handle the blitz question and do a great job blocking all the movement and the things they’ll challenge us with."

Despite last Saturday’s loss to Texas Tech, Callahan voiced to the media that his team will move forward and leave the game in the past.

"You’ve got to get it behind you, and I told that to the team on Sunday when we visited," Callahan said. "This one game will not define us, and it doesn’t define our season. We’ll define what we do. The great thing is that we have another game to go out and do that in."

Callahan also announced Nebraska’s players of the game against Texas Tech. Wide receiver garnered offensive honors, while Lornell McPherson earned the defensive award. Linebacker Bo Ruud was recognized for his work on special teams, while offensive lineman Lydon Murtha and defensive tackle Nathan Krug were lauded with scout team honors. Callahan also recognized Barrett Ruud, who se the all-time Nebraska tackles record.

"It just speaks volumes for his production, and again, what a great milestone for him in his career," Callahan said. "I’m sure that he would trade that record for that victory Saturday night. I just wanted to again mention that and show my respect and appreciation for what he’s done for our team."

NU will continue its preparations for the Bears with an afternoon practice on Wednesday.


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