Published Friday, September 6, 2013 AT 10:02 AM / Updated at 10:02 AM
Beck says NU offensive depth important for ‘marathon’
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Depth and rotations are important elements of the Nebraska offense, and not just because it was 90 degrees at kickoff last Saturday night and shaping up to possibly be hotter this week.

There’s also a big-picture view to it for Huskers offensive coordinator Tim Beck.

“You’ve got to keep them all fresh,” Beck said Friday at the Big Red Breakfast. “This is a marathon, not a sprint. Our goal wasn’t to beat Wyoming, it’s to win ’em all.”

Beck said he trusts NU assistants such as Ron Brown (backs) and Rich Fisher (receivers), and then just discusses who they like and who they’re playing.

Among the Nebraska I-backs, Ameer Abdullah had 19 carries, Imani Cross 13 and Terrell Newby 15 in the 37-34 win over Wyoming. NU also rotated in three backup linemen, played more than a half-dozen receivers and used three tight ends.

Where Nebraska did not substitute was at quarterback, where Taylor Martinez took all 85 snaps. Senior Ron Kellogg was warming up briefly when it appeared Martinez might have been dinged up.

So, Beck was asked, who is the Huskers’ backup: Kellogg or redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong?

“It just depends,” he said. “When you’re playing, who we’re playing, what’s the score, where’s the ball, what’s the situation, where do we have to get him, what’s the game plan calling for … all those things.”

Some other Beck breakfast items at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center:

>> Beck said even a veteran Husker offense had some nerves working Saturday night: “They were excited in the locker room to play somebody else and hear it from the crowd and go out there and represent Nebraska.”

>> Because of the staff changes at Southern Miss, Nebraska has tried to find film from Eagle coaches’ previous stops to pick up anything that might help: “It’s like preparing for a test and you don’t even take that class.”

>> Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith left an impression on the Huskers after throwing for 383 yards and four touchdowns against NU: “I was thinking about this yesterday … who in the Big Ten is as good as that kid?”

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at