Published Saturday, September 7, 2013 AT 11:17 PM / Updated at 11:17 PM
Nebraska-Southern Miss: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa identifies five things we learned — and five things we still don’t know — coming off Nebraska’s 56-13 win over the Golden Eagles.

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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

1. The Huskers have the ability to put a game away. After a slow start to the second half, they responded with two quick scores to seal the win.

2. NU coaches know how to develop defensive backs. Exhibits A and B: the improvement of Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans.

3. Teams will have to start game planning for Randy Gregory, and that should open things up for others on the defensive line.

4. Taylor Martinez isn’t afraid to force the football to Quincy Enunwa when defenses try to cover the talented receiver one-on-one.

5. Nebraska has addressed its kick return issues. Kenny Bell’s blockers are making him look good so far.

FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW

1. Nebraska adjusted more effectively on defense Saturday. But how do the inexperienced guys react in a big game against UCLA?

2. Speaking of the newcomers, Josh Banderas and Nate Gerry will surely be on the Bruins’ scouting report. Will they respond when isolated in space?

3. Can NU keep relying on punter Sam Foltz to flip the field? It’s tough to generate long drives when starting inside the 10, but the offense needs a better design for those spots.

4. Is Nebraska’s offensive line equipped to assert itself as the tone setter at the line of scrimmage for four quarters?

5. Does rotating place-kickers make a difference? Pat Smith and Mauro Bondi are still battling for the job, apparently.

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.