LINCOLN, Neb. - A day after running back Ameer Abduallah told the media the group needed to be better and more consistent, multiple Nebraska offensive lineman spoke on Tuesday with reporters.
“We are saying the same thing,” said guard Mike Moudy. “It’s basically coming back to fundamentals and technique…we need to focus on our attention to detail more.”
Abdullah wasn’t necessarily critical of how the offensive line has controlled the line of scrimmage over the first three games, but was honest when saying the group needed to be better going forward.
“The guys are trying really hard sometimes, but when you are in the game setting the most important things are your first step, keeping your face up on blocks and just the fundamentals we work on every day in practice,” said Abdullah. “You can’t lose sight of that just because it is a game setting. You have to go through your techniques and stuff, but a lot of guys get excited and they forget their fundamentals. They’re really strong, but you’re not as strong when you are not good in your fundamentals and techniques.”
Nebraska currently ranks No. 5 in the country in total offense, averaging 594 yards a contest and sit at No. 7 in the rushing category. But, the Huskers have yet to play an opponent from a power-five conference.
“We have some things to clean up, but as a unit we improved from the week before,” said tackle Alex Lewis when asked about Nebraska’s 55-19 win over Fresno State last Saturday. “We came out with the energy we wanted.”
The offensive line’s first real test comes this Saturday, when Miami and their No. 8 total defense comes to Lincoln for a primetime contest.
“They are big guys up front, No. 52 is a big linebacker, they like to move around, but I think if we get going and play us, have the right mindset, we can compete with these guys,” said Lewis. “We have to come out fiery and ready to go.”
Video: OL Mike Moudy post-practice:
*** Video shot by Big Red Report contributor Darion Miller.