LINCOLN, Neb. - While Nebraska Cornhuskers only gave up 19 rushing yards to South Alabama on Saturday night, the secondary still struggled with the deep ball.
Six Jaguar receivers had longs of 11+ yards or more, with two of them being 37+ yards.
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker watched Miami, the Huskers next opponent, on Friday night against Florida Atlantic. He knows the Nebraska secondary will need to be better to handle Miami's talented wide receiver corps.
“I know Brad Kaaya (Miami quarterback) personally. I recruited him coming out of high school. He’s a hell of an athlete. I watched the game. The receivers have speed. They know how to run routes. We were facing just a flat out vertical; it wasn’t like it was a double-move or anything. We need to improve and need to improve in a hurry on that.”
Last season Nebraska gave up 359 passing yards to Kaaya, allowing him to complete 66.7 percent of his passes with three touchdowns. He did throw two INTs.
This season, the sophomore quarterback has thrown for 460 yards in the Hurricanes’ first two games with three scores.
LANGSDORF ALSO GOT IN ON THE WATCH PARTY
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf didn’t do any intense scouting on Friday night, but also spent some time watching Miami’s contest.
“They looked fast. They look physical up front,” said Langsdorf. “They looked like a good football team…we will have our work cut out for us.”
The Nebraska offense managed to score 41 points on Miami last season, collecting over 343 yards on the ground – 229 of them belonging to Ameer Abdullah.
Abdullah is gone. So is the coaching staff that led Nebraska to win at home over the Hurricanes.
It won’t stop this new coaching staff from pulling up last year’s tape.
“We have a little bit of a different style. We will look and try to use some like systems and offenses – formations more than anything,” said Langsdorf. “We will use it in our study.”
Nebraska offensive tackle Alex Lewis hopes the game plan is similar to last year.
“It’s going to be a hostile environment. I’m looking forward to playing them,” said Lewis. “Hopefully we can do it in back to back years and go in and run the ball again.”