Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads and helmets for 90 minutes Tuesday evening. The team met in Memorial Stadium for the first half of practice. Then, the defense moved to the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field for the second half.
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker met with the media after practice and discussed the upcoming game against Wyoming this Saturday, as well as last Saturday’s season opener against Fresno State. When talking about the game against Fresno State, Banker explained the positives and negatives of the game.
“We really did not get a lot of tempo, I wasn’t pleased with the first series,” Banker said. “But other than that, our guys did a good job….just getting the call and communicating with one another.”
Banker also talked about how he believes Wyoming is a good football team.
“I am not trying to blow them up. They play a very disciplined and sound game,” he said. “This is going to be a lunch bucket game with a quarterback that can not only deliver the ball, but he also will beat you on his feet.”
Banker also discussed having safety Nathan Gerry back for the game against Wyoming.
“I mean, he really isn’t up to game speed at all,” Banker said. “He hasn’t played a (full) game since Rutgers. I mean he will know what to do and how to do it, but we will have to see that. He will have to sharpen up his tools a little bit, but it’s good to have him back.”
He also discussed what it will be like to have Gerry back as a leader on the field.
“It will be good as long as he continues to communicate correctly,” Banker said. “To me, a noisy defense is a very good defense. If your defense can continue to talk and chatter before the play and during the play, you’ve got a chance.”
Banker also addressed the Huskers’ basic philosophy behind their defense.
“You do not have to know a thing about our defense, it’s always effort and effort is pursued to get to the ball. If you can’t run and you don’t run to the ball on every play then you can’t play for us.”
Although season tickets are sold out for the 2016 season, fans who want to see the Huskers in person this season at Memorial Stadium can purchase single-game tickets from returning visiting team allotments.
Nebraska Athletics is offering the B1G Pack, where fans can save $10 off single-game pricing and receive a ticket to both the Purdue and Maryland games for $120.