Nebraska practice donuts (9-16-14)

Nebraska returned to the practice field on Tuesday. Come inside for the latest from Big Red Report.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After taking off Monday, Nebraska returned to the practice field on Tuesday in preparation for their upcoming game with Miami this weekend.

The Hurricanes will enter Saturday with back-to-back 41-point performances on offense, prompting Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis to call them the best offense they have faced this season.

“They have a lot of weapons at every skilled position, they have guys that can take it to the house every time they touch the ball,” Papuchis said. “They are good upfront, so it is going to be a challenge.

“They are athletic enough at every skill position that if you miss a tackle it could turn into a touchdown. They have great speed at wideout, so I am concerned with balls being thrown over our head, but our guys are aware of it and we have to tackle well to limit explosive plays.”

Getting the balls] to the wideouts will be Brad Kaaya, a true-freshman quarterback who’s looked poised in his first three starts, but has not seen a road environment like Nebraska to date.

Big Red Report asked Papuchis if bringing extra heat to rattle the youngster had been discussed among the staff.

"I think we want to give different looks, but most importantly we want to do what we do," said Papuchis. "I don't think we want to start doing things outside our frame or comfort zone. I think if we go out and execute, we will play well."

Over the years Nebraska has done a solid job slowing down younger quarterbacks by using unique blitz schemes and giving them a different a look with their secondary.

"We take our shots when we can attack. We are pretty good at matching routes," said Papuchis. "I think in the last three years, we have been as good as anybody in completion percentage. I think that's different for any quarterback they have seen. That's probably the strength, because you don't know how we are going to match routes on any given week."

Papuchis practice audio:


Gregory ready for “showtime:”

After getting hurt in the opening game of the year, not playing against McNeese State, and being somewhat slowed against Fresno State, Nebraska potential All-American defensive end Randy Gregory is ready for “showtime” this weekend against the Hurricanes.

“Night game, against the U, I don’t know what more you could ask for?” said Gregory. “It’s a big game for me, it’s a big game for everyone, you just got to go out and perform.”

Dehydrated and still probably not 100 percent sure about his knee last week, Gregory was all the Bulldogs could handle and more, but teammates say watch out for his this weekend.

“I think people are going to be surprised,” said defensive end Joe Keels. “You didn’t get the full effect…

"They should be nervous this week.”

Gregory admits during the first half of last week’s game he was pretty tired, but it’s understandable when an offense runs 53-plays in one half.


Harvey’s donuts:

* Against Arkansas State last weekend, Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett racked up 201 yards on four catches, finding the end zone two times. Nebraska nickel Byerson Cockrell was asked about the senior’s game. “Man, that man can roll. I don’t think I’ve played someone like him in a long time,” said Cockrell.

* While Miami’s wide receiver group might be one of the fastest in the nation, their offensive attack starts with running back Duke Johnson, often considered one of the best backs in the country. “I think if we keep him within the tackles, getting a lot of guys swarming to the ball, we will be okay,” said Gregory.

I talked to wide receiver walk-on Lane Hovey tonight. The kid virtually went unrecruited out of Iowa and wasn't even planning on playing college football going into his senior year of high school. His story is a unique one and will be featured on Big Red Report Wednesday.

* Despite Tuesday being the scheduled day for coordinators to talk, Nebraska O.C. Tim Beck did not talk to reporters. This wouldn’t really be a footnote if Beck hadn’t also chose to not talk post-Fresno State on Saturday night.


Video: OL Mike Moudy post-practice:

Video: DB Josh Kalu post-practice:

Video: K Drew Brown post-practice:


*** Videos shot by Big Red Report contributor Darion Miller.


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