Nebraska assistant coach Terry Joseph said the Husker defense likely will begin Saturday’s game at Northwestern with Josh Mitchell and Stanley Jean-Baptiste on the field, sticking with the cornerback duo that it started at Ohio State.
Mitchell has started every game this season. Jean-Baptiste, however, replaced Andrew Green in the lineup against the Buckeyes.
“Those two will probably start the game,” Joseph said Wednesday. “Then Mo (Mohammed Seisay) and Andrew have to be ready, and then we have to have about three safeties ready to go. It’s good to get Courtney (Osborne) back.”
The NU secondary, much like the Husker defense overall, struggled with its consistency over the first half of the season. Joseph said that’s something Nebraska will strive to fix against the Wildcats.
“Obviously we want to play clean,” he said. “That’s the big thing, that we can play 60, 70 plays of clean football, and I don’t think defensively that we have done that. Throughout the first half of the season we played well in spurts, but obviously we had some times where we didn’t play as well.”