Tuesdays with the Huskers

After one day of prepartions from the trip to Lawrence, the Bo Pelini and a few players spoke today, as they look ahead to the matchup with the Jayhawks, and also recap a thrilling win against Oklahoma. Check out the news and notes from another Tuesday with the Huskers:

  • Coach Pelini spoke about the defense's success today. He gave credit to both the schemes and the players progression.
  • There is no doubt that Bo Pelini and his players are not looking past Kansas. Despite their four-game losing streak, Pelini and everybody who I talked to said that they feel KU has a great offense, and feel that the Jayhawks are a very dangerous team.
  • Tight end Ryan Hill spoke briefly about his touchdown catch. He said he wasn't the main target on that play, but he was excited to see the ball in the air.
  • Hill also said he didn't realize Lee was put into the game until he got in the huddle and saw Green wasn't there.
  • I asked Jared Crick the same - if he gives more credit to the schemes or the progression. Crick said, "You got to have a great scheme, and every game, we've had a great scheme going in. But guys are taking it upon themselves to do their job. I think that's what's really the main part of our improvement."
  • I also asked Crick about his rising stardom this season. Crick said, "I don't feel any different. I know I got a job to do. People can give me as much hype as they want, but really, it's a team effort."
  • Crick also went on to say that it was a great feeling to give up three points against Oklahoma on Saturday, after giving up 62 a year ago. Crick also said that he felt he should've blocked the Sooners field goal, which led to their only points of the game.
  • Matt O'Hanlon was busy today. "The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week" spoke to various media outlets for over an hour and a half today. O'Hanlon even fielded question from freshman linebacker Eric Martin today, who asked Matt what he thinks about Eric Martin. O'Hanlon was also named the FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week. This is the third time in five weeks a Husker has won the award. No other school has more than one recipient of the weekly honor, which is nine weeks into the season.
  • I had a good talk with Matt O'Hanlon. He said this season has been a roller coaster, but the Oklahoma game was "top of the totem pole."
  • Matt said he felt like he was in a zone on Saturday. After his first interception, he wanted to the ball to be thrown to him every time.
  • O'Hanlon also said after he dropped what would've been the game ending pick, he knew he wanted another chance. O'Hanlon said, "I was thinking, please God, give me another mulligan or something. Give me a chance for another one. He threw it up there next play." Matt later said he thought the pass that ended in his third pick of the game seemed like it was punted. "I think it was up there for about 20 seconds. I thought he punted it at first. It was kind of hanging up there."
  • O"Hanlon said it felt great to get his confidence back, because he felt his confidence "suffered" after the Virginia Tech game.
  • Finally, a new nickname has emerged amongst the team. This one belongs to the "Defensive Player of the Week," who is now known amongst his teammates as Matt "Oldhanlon." Matt is 24 years old, and the only Husker who is married.

Be with Big Red Report all day. We'll have audio and video posted throughout the day from the press conference as well as from practice. I'll have my daily practice report posted later this afternoon. Also, check out the "Big Red Report" later this evening, and check out my story and notes from the mens basketball exhibiton match against Hastings College tonight.

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