The change of staff at Penn State means Nebraska will be preparing for a different defense this week than it saw a year in State College.
The Nittany Lions last season were led by Tom Bradley when the Huskers won 17-14. Bradley had been defensive coordinator at PSU since 2000, and part of the staff for 33 seasons.
Bradley also was serving as interim head coach for that game as the Joe Paterno fallout began.
“They’ve changed up a lot,” Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Monday. “They’re a much more aggressive style of defensive play. Doing all kinds of things defensively. It’s going to create a lot of challenges for us offensively to block all the stuff they’ve got.”
Ted Roof is coordinating the defense for first-year head coach Bill O’Brien. Beck also complimented the job done so far by O’Brien, which includes Penn State coming to Lincoln with a 6-3 record although it is ineligible for the Big Ten championship game or any bowl invitation.
“Those guys got a lot of character,” Beck said. “They’re playing for something. There’s a bond there. And outside the normal realm of the team I don’t think people realize how much weight that actually carries.”