LINCOLN, Neb. – For the second time this week, the Nebraska Cornhuskers practiced in preparation for their upcoming contest with Miami this weekend on the road.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf met with the media following practice.
“They are quick and good up front,” said Langsdorf. “They return a lot on their defense, and then they have some big guys. They will be tough to just move out of the way, and they have some back end speed especially at linebacker.”
Langsdorf welcomes the return of tight end Cethan Carter, who was suspended for the first two games of the season.
“It is great to have him (Carter) back, he is an exciting player, just adding depth to that group will help us—we can be a little more versatile,” Langsdorf said. “With having him and his route running and catching ability, he is going to be a great weapon for us.”
After being named Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week, Langsdorf was asked about the effort of running back Terrell Newby against South Alabama.
“I think it got better and better as he went, I think having success early and popping some of those runs—a guy really gets into a groove. I thought he was in one of those zones, he just looked good running and made good decisions,” Langsdorf said. “He played fast. I think we expected more out of him and we got it in that game. He showed up ready to play and looked good doing it.”
Sitting out of practice due to injury: DE.) Jack Gangwish (elbow) and Josh Banderas (groin)
* Nebraska wide receiver coach Keith Williams said he’s happy with the emergence of junior receiver Lane Hovey. "He deserves it."
* Williams recruits South Florida and recognizes many names on the Miami roster. He said the secondary is a normal Miami secondary - "long."
* Special teams coach Bruce Read says he’s more than confident in Jordan Westerkamp as the Nebraska punt returner. He admits the junior is not as aggressive as De’Mornay Pierson-El, but hinted very few are at the college level. At this point, Read says Westerkamp hasn’t had many opportunities.
* Armstrong was asked how much last year’s film against Miami could be used in a new offense. “Different system, different playbook,” said Armstrong. “We try to get out there and see the weakness of their defense and capitalize off of it.” Armstrong’s post practice session with reporters is above.
* Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Nick Gates graded out high against South Alabama and the former Vegas product was asked why. “I finished well and played pretty well,” said Gates. “I played good leverage and at a good pad level.” Gates’ first college road trip will be at Miami – not exactly a shabby first experience. “It will be fun. Getting used to it. There is a first for everything.” As a high school prep, Gates traveled the country with his Bishop Gorman squad.