A lot has been made of all the defensive linemen (16) that Nebraska carries on its roster.
But do the Huskers have a great one?
Is there anyone to take the baton from Ndaumkong Suh and Jared Crick?
And can you even play a two-gap scheme anymore without a stud to play like Mongo in the barroom brawl scene from “Blazing Saddles?”
“I think we have some guys who have potential to be great,” said Nebraska D-Line coach Rick Kaczenski. “Cam Meredith. Jason Ankrah. Baker (Steinkuhler) continues to get better and better.
“And with those four young freshmen, there’s a lot of potential.”
If you’re wondering how NU can play a two-gap scheme without a Suh or a Mongo in the middle, forget about it.
Kaczenski says the staff is going away from the traditional read-and-react two-gap scheme. Not because they don’t have that stud. Because they want to find him.
“We try not even to say two-gap anymore,” Kaczenski said. “A lot of two-gap philosophy is read and react. We’re going to attack. We want to go through the blocker and play from there. We don’t want him to react, sit on our heels.”
This change of philosophy might also be because of the personnel Nebraska is now lining up against on the other side of the trench. There’s not a lot of time to read and react against the big uglies of the Big Ten.
“You’re going to play against the best offensive lines around in this league,” Coach K said. “You can’t just have your guys line up with their hand on the ground in the same spot every time. You have to change things up, move people around, attack from different angles.”