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Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours in half pads and helmets Tuesday evening. Both the defense and offense started with stretching and individual drills in the Hawks Championship Center, followed by special teams work on the Ed and Joyanee Gass practice fields, before the offense moved to the Cook Pavillion, and the defense practiced inside the Hawks Center.
Due to the shortened week, both defensive coordinator Mark Banker offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
On his biggest concern pertaining to Iowa's offense, Banker said "They're big and strong up front, the best coached offensive line and they're technically sound. They are sticking with the run game, we saw that out of them last year. They believe in it, they're going to stick with the same play."
"The other part of it is sharing the ball between between No. 29 (LeShun Daniels Jr.) and No. 25 (Akrum Wadley). They're both more than capable backs," Banker added when breaking down Iowa's offense. "No. 25 has really improved over the last year. They kind of only used him in the outside game and in the passing game, and they're using him on a full-time bases. Between the two of them, they have about 1,700 yards."
Langsdorf commented on Nebraska’s quarterback selection process for this Saturday's game.
“Everybody got a little work today and we’re kind of playing it day-by-day, so we’re hoping for the best but we’re kind of preparing for a lot of scenarios there,” Langsdorf said.
“Just with the short week and our injury situation, we’re having to kind of prepare for some different things to happen. So we’ve got it covered but we’ve had to take a little time and make sure that we’re covering all our bases with that situation we’re in.”
Langsdorf also reflected on what stands out most about Iowa's defense.
“They’re always really sound, a bunch of high-energy, high-motor guys, they’ve got really good linebackers" Langsdorf said. "They’ve got No. 67 [Jaleel Johnson], a B-tackle that’s a force inside, and they’ve got a great corner in [Desmond] King. They’re playing senior day at home and they’ll be ready to go, but they’re a group that’s not out of position very often. They run around, they fly to the ball and they’ll hit you….They’ll be very physical, they’ll be sound and the linebackers will be a key in making sure we get to them, both run and being able to protect.”
Friday’s game against the Hawkeyes is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and the game will be televised nationally on ABC. The matchup can also be heard on the Husker Sports Network.