Jeff Ulbrich on linebackers, special teams:
On the linebackers so far:
They're getting better. The beauty of it is I have
very talented guys. That's always the luxury of a coach and makes me look like a
good coach. But they're getting better. I'm fortunate to have a very humble
group that's committed to working their butts off every day in practice, that's
committed to getting better and being the best. So it's been fun. It's going to
be fun to see how these guys progress this year.
On Myles Jack:
Obviously, athletically, we knew it was there, had the potential athletically.
But you never quite can tell with these true freshman, how they're going to
grasp the defense and the concepts and stuff like that. The way he's been able
to apply the defense and then obviously utilize his athleticism has been
remarkable. I'm excited about his future.
On the depth and situational talent:
At the end of the year, we're all going to be so much better. Each guy has kind
of taken off a few reps of the next guy and the cumulative reps at the end of
the year won't be so much. We're going to have a fresher, healthier group. And
each guy has a special attribute. As a coach, it's my duty to get them on the
field so they can each do their thing.
On how he coaches the versatility of the group:
I think our guys maybe need a little less help than most linebackers. We can ask
them to do a little more from a coverage and ability standpoint. It's definitely
a luxury for myself and Coach Spanos calling the defense.
On special teams, noticing the fake punt by Nebraska:
It was the punt prior. I noticed the MP, the center guy, the shield, just sort
of looks at the formation then kicks away. The prior one, he looked to the
sideline, I'm like 'oh no, this isn't good.' We were not (in safe punt). Not to
say we're not defensively sound, but still, it's always going to be rolling the
dice on that. Fortunately we got to see that and it worked out and we got the
defense out on the next step and RG made a nice tackle for us. They had done
nothing, nothing, prior to our game to indicate that they would do something
like that. Pelini is renowned for being very safe and cautious on special teams
so that was out of character.
On watching for specific fake punts on film:
We always show them maybe what they've shown in the past and then I'll always
slip a funky one from a prior week and a different team, just to check our
defensive assignments, everyone knows who they have.
On Covington's muffed punt snap:
For a true freshman, there is a lot going on in your mind. A lot of noise, a lot
of distractions and obviously he's young. So I could bet a million dollars, he
wasn't thinking, 'I've got to catch this ball. He's thinking they're going to
rush six out of this, they do six out of this. He wasn't thinking about (the
catch), he's got to slow his mind down and eliminate the noise. It has to be
catch it and kick it, two steps and I'm out. And the beauty of that is, it
didn't cost us the game but it's a valuable lesson for a young guy to learn.
On if Covington reacted to the drop right:
It was perfect. It's one of those things that if it's absolutely clear,
absolutely no rush, you can ask him to kick that ball, try to get it away. But
if there is any threat, just take it. Because it goes from bad to worse, you
take it, it's blocked, they score. So he made the perfect decision there.
VIDEO: Ulbrich on Special Teams, LBs
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