Rich Fisher was playing some Nebraska-UCLA game film Friday at the Big Red Breakfast when he came upon some defensive clips and wasn’t quite sure what to say – being an offensive assistant and all.
That is, until one of the cutups was Stanley Jean-Baptiste intercepting a Brett Hundley pass in the first quarter and returning it 34 yards against the Bruins.
“That’s a former wide receiver there,” Fisher said, straight faced. “I take all the credit for this.”
Fisher got a few laughs from the crowd of 150 at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center. Fisher had Jean-Baptiste briefly in 2011 before the Huskers moved the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder to cornerback.
So far this season, Jean-Baptiste has an interception in each of the first three games and has made his old position coach proud by returning them 42, 43 and 34 yards.
“On a serious note, Stanley is playing some really good football,” Fisher said. “He’s probably the best-looking corner in America. Nobody looks like him.”
Some other breakfast bites:
>> Fisher followed up on head coach Bo Pelini’s comments Monday that the NU staff wants to try to get players to relax and have a little more fun. “We saw some good energy this week. I think Saturday when they walk out on that field you’re going to see a different vibe.”
>> Look for some snaps for redshirt freshman Alonzo Moore, still recovering from a shoulder injury that slowed him in preseason camp. “We’ve got some packages to get him into the game.”
>> On South Dakota State, the Football Championship Subdivision team that will visit Memorial Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday: “This is going to be a Super Bowl for them.”
>> Asked if his receivers will be catching passes from Tommy Armstrong or Ron Kellogg if Taylor Martinez doesn’t start at quarterback, Fisher just said: “Both those guys will play.”