Big 12 Teleconference Notes/Audio

Check out notes and audio from today's Big 12 Teleconference. There are a few things notable from other coaches which may pertain to the Huskers, and one particular note from Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach which is interesting, because...well, it's Mike Leach.

  • Kansas Head Coach Mark Mangino opened up the teleconference, and one of his initial comments about Nebraska was that he considered Nebraska's front four one of if not the best in the country

Currently, Nebraska ranks near or at the top of the conference in a slew of defensive categories:

  • Scoring Defense: 10.3 ppg (1st)
  • Rushing Defense: 94.4 ypg (4th)
  • Total Defense: 274.0 ypg (3rd)
  • Pass Defense: 179.6 ypg (2nd)
  • Interceptions: 12 (4th)
  • Pass Efficiency Defense: 89.7 (1st)
  • Kickoff Coverage: Net Avg. 48.3 (1st)
  • Opponent 1st downs: 16.1 per game (3rd)
  • Sacks: 3 per game avg. (4th)
  • Opponent 3rd down conversion:percentage: 32.9 (2nd)
  • Opponent 4th down conversion percentage: 40.0 (2nd)
  • Red Zone Defense: 78.6 percent (5th)

Here is a note of interest: The top two defenisve linemen in the conference in regards to tackles per game, are both from Nebraska.

  • Jared Crick is tied for 22nd in the conference (all positions) with 6.3 tackles per game
  • Ndamukong Suh is 28th in the conference with an average of 5.9 tackles per game.
  • Linebacker Phillip Dillard is the top Husker in that category, ranking 16th with 6.9 tackles per game

Another note on Suh: He no longer leads the Huskers in passes defended. Prince Amukamara has taken over there, averaging 1.33 per game, good enough for 3rd best in the conference. Suh is still in the top 10, though, tied for sixth in the league with an average of one per contest.

Other statistical superlatives:

  • Kicker Alex Henery is tied for the most points scored in a game, totaling 15 against Virginia Tech on Sep. 19th
  • Safety Matt O'Hanlon has the best single-game performance when it comes to interceptions, notching three against Oklahoma this last weekend.
  • Running Back Roy Helu Jr. ranks second in the conference in regard to the most carries in a single game, toting it 28 times against Virginia Tech.
  • In a rather dubious category, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones now has the most interceptions in a single game this year for all conference teams, throwing five as Oklahoma lost to Nebraska this last weekend.

Apparently Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach was recently at the ESPN studios in Bristol, CT, and a reporter asked him what he had for lunch in their cafeteria: Leach said he had a turkey sandwich, a fruit smoothie and some green tea. He said he wanted to go to the salad bar, but the line was too long.

Notes with Bo:

  • Bo said that senior safety Larry Asante will have the day off, stemming from an injury against Oklahoma. As far as offensive tackle Marcel Jones and cornerback Alfzonzo Dennard, he said both were "fine."
  • Bo was asked how critical the situation was on offense due to the four touchdowns the team has scored in the last four games. Bo said that it was "very critical", and he said there was a "tremendous sense of urgency."
  • Bo did say that he knew where this offense was at and what needs to get fixed.
  • Bo was pressed a bit on the quarterback situation. One question was in regard to whether or not they would be better off simply going with Cody. Bo said that he wouldn't determine that now. He said that he will do that by feel and play the QB they feel gives them the chance to win.
  • One interesting note, though, was that Bo said that one of the big reasons they pulled Cody Green out of the game when they did was to protect Cody. He said that Cody is a long term guy, and he felt that for him he didn't want to put him in a situation against Oklahoma where it could turn out badly. He said it wasn't about a lack of confidence. It was simply about doing the "right thing by him" in that situation.

Click the following link for the full audio with Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini

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