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Lincoln, Neb.—The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads and helmets for just over two hours Tuesday afternoon. The offense worked inside the Hawks Championship Center, while the defense practiced outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice field.
Denfensive Coordinator Mark Banker addressed the media after practice to discuss the defense's preparation for the upcoming game against Indiana, including improving tackling - one of the focuses during the bye week.
"From the standpoint of the tackling, I don't know how many days [in practice] we've missed," Banker said. "I think we might have missed four days in all of camp, just due to time constraints. We work on an aspect of tackling every day. There's usually three drills involved: one with tracking, one with working your feet and then the actual technique of the shoulder strike, the punch and the rap. That hasn't changed, we were just disappointed in the Illinois game in the way we showed up. A lot of it had to do with [being] a little bit out of position and not in a positive position. We were more in a negative position to make tackles."
Banker also talked about liking the challenge of Indiana's passing offense, and Indiana being a team who wants to run the ball as well.
"They are No 1. yardage wise in our conference throwing the ball, but at the same time this team wants to run the ball." Banker said. "I truly believe their success in throwing the ball has come because of the fact that they've done some damage in running the ball in the early part of the season. It's helped them out in that passing game. They've got three quality receivers, they got some backs to throw to, the quarterback delivers a nice ball and they do a great job of protection."
Banker also went on to speak about if he felt the defense needed to bring something extra to the game this week, with the injuries to the offense.
"We start out every game, we want to limit the touches, we want to limit the amount of points that the opponent scores." Banker said. "We would like to shut out everbody. They count on us, we count on them, special teams, you know the whole thing is in it... I've got full confidence in the guys that will step up and take some of these other guys places. And offensively, Danny [Langsdorf] and the rest of the offensive staff, they'll put a game plan together to utilize the people that we have and do what they do best and put points on the board."
Nebraska continues preparation for Indiana tomorrow afternoon.