“We need to have a great week of preparation to get ready for this football team. Like I said before, whether you’re playing McNeese, Miami or anyone else, it’s how you approach it during the week,” said Pelini. “Playing a team with the tradition that Miami has and the talent that they have on their football team. I’m sure it will get our guys’ attention.”
Coming off a 55-19 win over Fresno State on Saturday, the Huskers are first in the Big Ten in total offense, averaging over 594 yards in their first three contests. After struggling with turnovers last season, sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong has a 7-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio. In addition, he’s run for 258 yards on just 27 carries.
“I’m seeing good progress. I’m seeing a good command. I think he’s running the ball well with authority. I think he’s throwing it well. And for the most part, knock on wood, he’s making good decisions,” said Pelini. “At the end of the day he’s got to keep working at it during the week, keep looking at the film study and keep progressing.”
Miami enters the contest 2-1 on the season, sporting one of the better defenses in the country. On offense, it starts with running back Duke Johnson, who’s rushed for 277 yards on 43 carries.
“So far from the film I’ve watched, he’s a very good player,” said senior safety Corey Cooper. “He’s a hard runner, he’s a fast guy and we need to get off to a fast start because we don’t want to give him any confidence or daylight, because when he gets hot he’s pretty tough to stop.”