Published Thursday, November 3, 2011 AT 6:20 PM / Updated at 6:27 PM
Thursday’s practice report
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Coach Bo Pelini wouldn’t reveal who will start at cornerback opposite senior Alfonzo Dennard against Northwestern Saturday. The battle for the top spot is apparently pretty even between sophomores Andrew Green and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

Green earned the start in Nebraska’s 24-3 win over Michigan State Saturday. Jean-Baptiste played some special teams and in the fourth quarter, saw a few snaps at cornerback.

Said Pelini: “We have confidence in both.”

More from the head coach is below. Pelini talked after the Huskers’ practice Thursday evening…

>>> Sophomore defensive back Ciante Evans, who took a knee to the head last weekend, should be available to play against Northwestern, according to Pelini. Evans missed some practice time earlier in the week.

>>> Don’t be surprised to see more than two defensive ends on the field in some pass-rushing situations. Pelini said the Huskers are comfortable inserting as many as four ends into the lineup to try to get after the opposing QB. “It just depends on the grouping we have in there, especially on third down,” he said.

>>> Asked about Northwestern’s top receiver, senior Jeremy Ebert, Pelini had this to say: “He makes a lot of plays, makes plays down the field. I think the quarterback has a lot of confidence in him.” Ebert has a team-high 45 catches for 569 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.

>>> Pelini said the defensive plan won’t change no matter where the Wildcats’ Kain Colter lines up. The versatile sophomore will take snaps at quarterback and at receiver — “he puts a lot of stress on you,” Pelini said. Colter leads the team in rushing (459 yards on 82 carries).

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  1. natty natty Boi says:

    finally bo is letting the Dline loose. 4 dE on obivous passing downs is wonderful esp if its a 3rd n long