Week 3 Thoughts
The Spread Offenses that we were so used to in the Big 12 and were re-introduced to vs UCLA expose Defenses. Last week the lack of team speed and tackling issues were evident. The faster, more athletic LBs (Zaire Anderson and David Santos) weren’t ready last week. We’ll see if they are this Saturday.
Another highly recruited player leaves the team. Bo’s quote, “…his personal perception of where he should be on the team doesn’t match the team, doesn’t match the team goal.” I don’t know the inside issue but I hope every kid that thinks he should play more doesn’t transfer. It’s competition…it’s facing adversity…you are only a sophomore. I can’t help but believe that the perception that highly recruited players are a bust if they aren’t All-Conference players by their sophomore year isn’t a huge issue. Patience and perseverance DOES pay off.
Best wishes to Tyler Wullenwaber who tore his ACL in practice. Tyler was one of the fastest Huskers on the team and a solid contributor. Here’s to a great rehab. Look for frosh Jordan Westerkamp and his mustache to take off his Redshirt.
Probably no Rex this week. No point in playing him too early for sure. We all miss #22.
Another Spread opponent this week. Gus Malzahn brings his unique look to Lincoln…glad his former QB, Cam Newton, isn’t coming with him. Gotta tackle in space, something not done last week.
For the 3rd straight week, preparation is tough because we are seeing a new staff in action. A lo of times that leads to a slow start and forces sideline adjustments.
Nobody likes to lose but the team that can deal with a loss without finger-pointing gets better. Adversity reveals true character. There always is plenty of “revealing” during a full season.
Coach Papuchis and Bo have to walk the fine line between running a complicated scheme and becoming confusing. That isn’t an easy task. Especially when you have some inexperienced, young, yet talented kids who need to see the field.
Ciante Evans has played very well in two games. He is asked to do a ton.
The fast tempo of the Huskers is great when scoring points but sometime can put the Defense in a bind when they go 3 and out. That’s why football is such a TEAM game. All three units (including Special Teams) need to get better. I think they will.
1st time we can say it is a Bounce Back game. I’m guessing the fans will need to bounce back too.
Just get better and win, right?