Muschamp Has Respect for Nebraska's Offense

Comments from Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says he has respect for Auburn's bowl opponent.

The Tigers will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on New Year's Day in Dallas, Tex. It will be the first Auburn-Nebraska matchup since 1982 and the first time the Tigers have played in the Cotton Bowl since New Year's Day 1986.

"I know they are a multiple team that runs the West Coast offense," the Auburn coach says. "Bill (Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan) does an outstanding job of moving and shifting.

"Their quarterback, Zac Taylor, is the Big 12 Player of the Year," Muschamp points out. "That says a lot about what they are on offense. They are going to center their offense around him and let him win games for them."

Zac Taylor ia 6-2, 210 senior from Norman, Oklahoma.

Taylor has completed 219-365 passes for 3,071 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has thrown just seven interceptions and has a passing efficiency rating of 149.44

Brandon Jackson has rushed for 951 yards and seven touchdowns and is averaging 5.3 yards per carry for the Cornhuskers. Marlon Lucky has rushed for 640 yards and six scores while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

The Cornhuskers are 9-4 overall. The Tigers and Cornhuskers have no common opponents. Nebraska fell last Saturday night by a 21-7 score to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game.

"I know they are averaging 175 yards rushing and 250 passing a game," says Muschamp. "They have put up a lot of points throughout the season so we have another opportunity to go out and try to play well against another quality team."

Callahan, who has coached in the Super Bowl, has a reputation as an excellent offensive coach, which should be a good challenge for the Auburn players and coaches.

"They have got good players, too," Muschamp says. He (Callahan) won't play a snap. They have recruited very well since he has been there. It is obvious to see with some of the playmakers they have at wide receiver and running back and, of course, the quarterback has played outstanding football for them. It ought to be a great Cotton Bowl."

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