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Lincoln, Neb. – On an overcast, but seasonable November afternoon, the Nebraska football team practiced an hour and 45 minutes in helmets and shoulder pads Wednesday. Both the defense and offense started in the Hawks Championship Center. The offense moved to Memorial Stadium, while the defense practiced on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields.
Offensive Coordinator Danny Langsdorf spoke to the media after practice about the team’s preparation for Saturday’s matchup against Ohio State. Langsdorf commented on whether the offense wants a greater emphasis on running the ball as opposed to passing this weekend.
“I think that’s a good thing, if we can have some success running the ball, it always helps us. So establishing that early and getting positive gains would be big. Just to not have to rely, get into 2nd-and-long, and have to rely on making those completions. I think we still need them, we still need them on first and second down, but I think that’s taking a little bit of pressure off the passing game if you can have some success early running.”
Langsdorf also reflected on the Buckeyes’ defense and the challenge Nebraska is preparing for.
“They’re really deep up front, they rotate eight guys, they’ve got depth with big, strong guys and then edge rushers that can move. They’ve got a really solid group of linebackers, probably the best secondary we’ve faced also. So top to bottom, really talented personnel. We’ve got to be able to cover them up and get some yards early, and then protect the quarterback and go after them.”
After Nebraska’s first loss against Wisconsin last weekend, Langsdorf said he hasn’t seen any players hanging their heads.
“I think our guys were hungry, ready to get back to work. I think they were upset about that game. I think we had some opportunities, I think they knew that and felt that, and I think they were hungry to get back to work. I thought Tuesday was great that way, another sharp day today.”
The Huskers face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Nov. 5. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT) on ABC.