A handful to defend

UCLA QB Brett Hundley can present a challenge for a defense.

LINCOLN, Neb. - As a freshman in 2012, Brett Hundley threw for over 300 yards three times during the season – possibly his best game coming against Nebraska, a performance many labeled a "breakout."

Now a sophomore, Hundley has a full-year of experience under his belt, and showed it against Nevada in week one. The Arizona product threw for 274 yards and two scores, rushing for another 63 yards and two touchdowns – not turning over the ball once in the process.

"He's a good football player. He's smart. He understands their offense. He's athletic. I think he has a really firm handle on what they do and why they do it," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. "We've only seen one game but I thought he got better as the year went on. He had a heckuva year last year. He's a really good football player. Like I said, I think he has a really good handle on what they do and really understands their offense."

Pelini was asked during his Monday morning press conference the best way to defend Hundley, who's shown the ability to extend plays with his feet.

You have to lock up those receivers. You have to understand that he's going to get out a couple times," said Pelini. "He's going to buy some time every now and then. At the end of the day, you have to have discipline. As long as he's in the backfield and behind the line of scrimmage, he's a passing threat. You have to be ready to lock up the receivers. If you are staring in the backfield too long at that point, you are going to get beat. You have to get in phase with your receivers and you have to get your hands on receivers and be disciplined in those situations. You try to simulate it the best you can in practice and have some scrambles happen in practice but it's a constant emphasis for us."

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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