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Husker Defense Preparing for Rushing Attack

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln---The Nebraska football team hit the practice field again on Wednesday for a two-hour workout in preparation for its matchup with Arkansas State on Saturday.  The Huskers practiced inside Memorial Stadium in only helmets and shoulder pads for the second time this week. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was pleased with what he saw after Wednesday's workout.

"Practice was good today, very sharp" Pelini said. "First day for some install, but we really had a good day, all around, on both sides of the ball"

After facing a pass-oriented team like Florida Atlantic in the first week, the Huskers will have to change gears a little bit as a heavy run-oriented team in Arkansas Sate will visit Lincoln on Saturday.  The Red Wolves racked up 358 yards rushing in their 61-0 thrashing of Mississippi Valley State in their first game. Pelini said a key to this week's game will be the Huskers' ability to read personnel and know ASU's tendencies in certain situations throughout the game.

"It's still based on their personnel," Pelini said of Arkansas State's offense. "Our guys just have to study a lot of tape and understand what the tendencies are. It's a little bit different offense we're facing for sure, but our guys understand that that's going to be different every week and they lock in and study a lot of tape.  Understanding the tendencies is the big thing, whether it's a heavy run formation, heavy pass formation, or personnel. Each week is like that."

The Huskers will return to the practice field for a workout on Thursday and will wrap up their week with a walk through on Friday. Kick off for this Saturday's game is at 1:08 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Check back to Huskers.com for all your information on the Nebraska football team.


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