"Sometimes I need to take a step back and realize the impact he has really had on our program in the amount time he's been here," said Papuchis. "He's going to be deeply missed in our locker room when he's not here anymore. The defense runs through him. I can't say enough positive things about Lavonte as a person and a player."
In just two seasons, David has racked up 274 tackles – good for 5th all time on the Nebraska career tackle list. With 14 tackles tomorrow, a highly attainable number, David would move up to No. 3 overall – only behind Barrett Rudd and Jerry Murtaugh.
To say it lightly, Husker fans have been spoiled.
Just another game
It's hard to really say Nebraska's matchup tomorrow with South Carolina is just another game. A win over a SEC school would be huge for the Big Ten. A tenth win on the season would be another feather in the hat for Nebraska. A win could be the biggest in the Bo Pelini era.
Despite what looks to be an extremely important contest, the players are trying to treat it like any other week.
"You are never supposed to play a different way because you're playing someone else or because it's a bowl game," said Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead. "Our focus has been great throughout the entire week. The coaches have prepared us very well…We are going into the game like it's any other game."
Bowl preparation can be a hard task for a coach. With so much time to prepare for an opponent, the coaches have to guard from over doing it.
"You can over study the film," said Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck. "You can get into over coaching the players. You have to understand your core system and go out and adjust.
"Even if you feel you are covering all the information, they have three weeks to prepare. They might be tweaking something different…we worked on the things we know we need to do to win the ball game."
Balanced attack is important…
Facing one of the toughest defenses in the country, Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck knows the Huskers offense will likely have to have one of their best performances of the season for a win. That means, solid in both the running and passing game.
"No matter how great you are, there are great coaches out there and they will figured out a way to stop you," said Beck. "You have to have great balance and keep them guessing on your next move.
"It's pretty scarier taking a look at those guys (SC defensive line)…we have to stay out of those situations where they can pin their ears back and come get us. It's going to be a big key in the ball game."
Stay with Big Red Report for another notebook Sunday evening and Monday morning before the game.