Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis said after practice Wednesday that weakside linebacker Zaire Anderson “played probably his best game that he’s played this year” at Michigan.
Anderson helped the Huskers limit Michigan to 175 total yards and no first downs via the run.
“This is a boring answer but he executed well,” Papuchis said. “He tracked his gaps well, he fit things up correctly and when he got to the point of attack he was physical and made plays.”
Some other practice nuggets Wednesday as NU continued preparations for Michigan State:
>> Papuchis said the Huskers likely will start Michael Rose again at middle linebacker, but also use Josh Banderas.
“I think we’ll kind of stay with what we’ve done where they’re both getting reps,” Papuchis said. “I would imagine Michael would go out there with the first group.”
>> NU head coach Bo Pelini said No. 1 left guard Mike Moudy was injured in practice this week, another potential blow to the Huskers’ offensive line. Pelini said Moudy’s status is uncertain for Saturday.
>> NU assistant coach Rich Fisher said receiver Jamal Turner (calf) practiced but isn’t quite game-ready yet.
>> Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook isn’t throwing for eye-popping numbers, but the sophomore has 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions in 230 throws this season.
Papuchis said NU will have to take advantage of its opportunities to possibly add to that interception total.
“He hasn’t made a lot of bad decisions with the ball,” he said, “but hopefully we get enough pressure on him, get guys in his face and we’re tight enough in coverage that we’re able to get our hands on some balls.”