Huskers Prepare for Second-Ranked Passing Attack
Lincoln---With rainy and cold weather hitting Lincoln on Wednesday, the Nebraska football team practiced for two hours inside the Hawks Championship Center in preparation for its second Big 12 game against Texas Tech on Saturday. The Huskers practiced in helmets in shoulder pads as they look for a 2-0 start in conference play. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was said his team had a good hard work day on Wednesday.
"It was good," Pelini said. "They worked hard. It was a hard practice. We pushed them all day today."
Pelini touched on what kind of offense the Husker defense will be facing on Saturday. Texas Tech boasts the second-best passing attack in the nation, but Pelini is making sure to give the Red Raiders' running game plenty of attention this week also.
"They're a very efficient passing team," Pelini said. "They're really well schooled. They run great routes. Their quarterbacks, both of them, understand the offense, understand coverages, know where to go. They read defenses well and all that. I really thought the last couple of years, last year and this year, their running attack became a bigger part of their offense and now they have a great threat in the running game, so you have to be balanced defensively because they're balanced on offense. It's no longer you just have to go out and think coverage. You have to defend the run and the pass at the same time."
One key in stopping the Tech offense will be the Huskers ability to make plays in one on one situations.
"Like always (in spread offenses), you're going to have a lot of one on one situations in the run game and in the pass game," Pelini said. "You have to be able to execute at those times, like tackle in space, cover in space. There's going to be situations where you're not necessiarly dropping into a zone. They spread you out enough that there is a lot of one on one situations both in the run game and in the pass game. They have a really good screen game and draw game, so you're going to have one on one situations where you have to be able to make a play."
Nebraska returns to the practice field on Thursday. Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 2:30 p.m. and can be seen regionally on ABC. Check back to Huskers.com for more updates on the Nebraska football team.