"He's a great running back," said Nebraska senior linebacker Lavonte David. "They are a really heavy run team, that is their offense. We just really have to get ready for it."
Redd has run for 1,006 yards this season on 195 carries, ranking No. 18 in the country in yards per game – numbers that are higher than Nebraska junior running back Rex Burkhead.
The 5-foot-10, 209-pound back has carried it at least 28 times in four of the last five games for the Nittany Lions.
"I like it," said Nebraska linebacker/defensive end Eric Martin. "I like hard nose football, I'm a physical guy I guess you could say, for us to go out and play like they are going to, it's going to make the game more fun and interesting."
In Penn State's 34-24 win over Northwestern three weeks ago, Reed gained a career-high 164 yards on the ground, the same Northwestern defense that stifled the Nebraska running game last week.
Redd can't take all the credit. The Penn State offensive line, a traditional strong suit of the team, is good once again. It has been evident in not just the rushing attack, but through the air as well. Penn State is tied for first in the conference in fewest sacks allowed.
"When they run the ball, they let you know they are running the ball. When they pass, they let you know they are passing it," said David. "They have great athletes out there who make plays, so we are going to need to be ready to make plays on our end."
Crowd noise won't hurt defense
In a matter of a few days, the Penn State/Nebraska ticket has gone from a ticket pretty easy to get, to a ticket everyone wants. With longtime head coach Joe Paterno announcing his retirement at the end of the season - it will be the 84-year old's last home game in Beaver Stadium (if he makes it that long).
Even with his approval rating dropping, Nittany Lions fans are expected to support Paterno with loud chants in his final contest. Beaver Stadium is known for getting loud – but throw in the importance of this game to both team's Big Ten title hopes and it could be the loudest game ever played in State College – something that the Nebraska defense is ready for.
"We have a lot of hand signals and stuff, so we really don't expect to have a problem," said David. "Our communication has picked up a lot this year."
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