Lincoln, Neb. — The Nebraska football team worked out for just over two hours on Tuesday, splitting time between the Hawks Championship Center and the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields, as the Huskers continued preparations for Saturday’s game against Ohio State.
Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media after practice and talked about defensive struggles in the past and if that changes the approach for this weekend’s game.
“I don’t think it changes it from any other opponent,” Chinander said. “We’re trying to stop what they’re doing. We’re trying to hold their points down. They’re a really good football team. Obviously, everybody knows our offense goes fast, so we’re going to be out there a lot. We have to do a great job to get off the field as much as we can, try and get a couple of turnovers, get our guys the football back, just try to limit what they do. They have a lot of formations, a lot of different plays. We just have to be ready for everything, but it’s got to be important to keep those points down as low as we can. Even if something, a play happens, a couple of first downs go, you got to keep going and keep going to try and get those turnovers, try and get off the field on third and fourth down.”
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Chinander also commented on Ohio State quarterback and Heisman hopeful, Dwayne Haskins Jr.
“He’s (Haskins) right up there at the top,” Chinander said. “We’ve played a couple of good ones. Obviously some guys can really throw the football. He can throw it and he can run it pretty adequately when he has to. I think he can make all the throws. I think he’s well coached on where to go with the football when he can tell what coverage it is. He’s right at the top of guys we’ve played. He is like most of those quarterbacks that, not that he’s not a good runner, he’s just not one of those guys who wants to run it first. Some of those guys who really want to run it, they hold onto the ball for a while, then they get loose. He’s really good with where he needs to go with the football. He gets rid of that thing really quick. Whether the protection breaks down or not, that ball is out of his hands really quickly.”
He also mentioned Ben Stille, who accepted his Blackshirt this week, after turning it down last week.
“Coach Frost gives the Players of the Game at every position and he was the defensive line guy for us,” Chinander said. “He had a couple tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack. So he practiced well and he played well.”
The Huskers will continue preparations for Ohio State on Wednesday. Nebraska will face off against the Buckeyes on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in Columbus with television coverage provided by FOX.