Quick hits from Nebraska’s practice Monday, as offensive coordinator Tim Beck talked about Wisconsin and the Big Ten title game:
>> Running back Rex Burkhead will return for a full four quarters vs. Wisconsin, and Beck said it’ll be “exciting” to have No. 22′s versatility in the backfield.
“You can do some things with him in the gameplan,” Beck said.
Beck said he hadn’t decided yet how he’d split up the carries between Burkhead, Ameer Abdullah and Braylon Heard. He did want to start Burkhead if he’s ready.
>> Though Beck didn’t know quarterback Taylor Martinez had been named first-team All-Big Ten by the league coaches, he talked extensively about Martinez’s value to the team.
“Probably the biggest part of our success has been through him,” Beck said. “He’s made a lot of plays for us. He’s done a great job of keeping our guys composed through some bad parts in games. We’re where we’re at because of him.”
>> Wisconsin’s defense is full of “lunch pail guys,” Beck said, epitomized by linebacker Chris Borland, who should return for the Badgers this week.
>> Beck conceded Saturday will be the biggest game he’s coached in as a coordinator.
“Pressure is what you put on when you take your eyes off the goal,” Beck said. “That’s what you see when you see all those problems and you worry about other stuff. I haven’t all year and I’m not going to start now.”
When Beck’s asked later what’s easier about the coordinator job in year two as opposed to year one, he says: “None of it. Every game you’re on pins and needles. You gotta be sharp on every call. You gotta see everything going on by everybody to make the adjustments and make sure the next call’s the right call…certainly you get fiery and you get upset when things don’t go well, but you just gotta move on. It eats at me, it’ll bother me after the fact, but while it’s going on, man, I got the next call to make.”