Nebraska’s defensive backs are preparing to see a few long pass attempts by the UCLA offense Saturday, and the Huskers better stay fundamentally sound, secondary coach Terry Joseph said.
Joseph thinks that the Bruins’ top wideouts — junior Shaquelle Evans (6-1, 200) and senior Jerry Johnson (6-3, 210) — can go get the football, especially those deep, lob passes. Plus, there’s 6-foot-7 tight end Joseph Fauria.
“We’ve got to be in position,” Joseph said. “We don’t want to play with too many jump balls with these guys.
Other notes from Wednesday’s practice are below…
>> Senior running back Rex Burkhead (knee) did not practice for the third straight day.
>> Junior cornerback Mo Seisay (ankle) has practiced well so far this week. All indications are that he’ll join the rotation against UCLA. Said Joseph: “Looks like he’s the player he should be.”
>> On a hot Saturday against Southern Miss, center Justin Jackson’s hands were sweaty, which influenced his ability to snap the football, according to offensive line coach John Garrison. Too many low ones. They’ve worked on that this week. “It’ll improve,” Garrison said.
>> Garrison complimented the performance of his second-string offensive linemen, who took over on the final drive Saturday. Tackles Zach Sterup, Brandon Thompson and Givens Price; guards Brodrick Nickens and Jake Cotton; and center Mark Pelini. Said Garrison: “When they came in there, they did a nice job. Really proud of them.”
>> Offensive players and coaches have talked several times over the past two weeks about how beneficial it was to go against the Husker defense toward the end of fall camp. Bo Pelini didn’t hold back, calling different blitzes and pressure packages. NU’s offense had its hands full. But that experience helped in preparation for Southern Miss. It’s aiding the Huskers this week, too, Garrison said. “I don’t think there’s anything we haven’t seen, as far as schematics,” he said.