Coach Bo Pelini had a few interesting comments during his hour-long appearance on “Sports Nightly” on the Husker Radio Network on Thursday.
If you’re a Husker fan and you missed it, make sure to do your best to catch it next time. You’ll find Pelini’s at his best in this element.
He took questions from callers, previewing Saturday’s match-up with Fresno State and reflecting a bit on the 40-7 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga last week. Good stuff.
Here’s a quick recap of the highlights…
>>> Pelini will make no excuses for the Huskers’ young offensive line. This quote says it all: “It takes some time to click as a unit, but I’m not a real patient man. And we as coaches aren’t real patient. And let’s face it. With what we have ahead of us, we can’t be. There’s got to be a sense of urgency in picking up our play.”
>>> On seven occasions last Saturday, quarterback Taylor Martinez scrambled out of the pocket on passing plays. Pelini admitted that on a “couple” of those, Martinez bolted too quickly. But then again, Pelini’s not going to tell the speedy dual-threat QB not to use his legs (the offense’s most dangerous weapon). “He’s a pretty talented guy when he does run the football,” Pelini said.
>>> Regarding Fresno State … Pelini said the Bulldogs’ offense will try to establish the run and control the clock against NU on Saturday, but Nebraska has to be cautious of the big play. Said Pelini: “They have the speed to get deep on you in a hurry and put points up quickly.” … Defensively, Fresno State likes to disrupt its opponents. The Bulldogs blitzed about 70 percent of the time against California last week, Pelini said. “It’s a unique style,” he said.