Garrett Nelson and Damian Jackson receive Blackshirts, mostly for the way they carry themselves and not-so-much on the field performance

-Nelson has been a vocal freshman this year, and though he hasn’t made a huge impact on the field, coaches rave about his energy level and ‘want to,’ and that it’s good for teammates to see that

-This may upset some who believe that Blackshirts are intended for players who perform to a level on the field that is worthy of the honor…is it a perfect situation for this circumstance, though? Frost has mentioned that too many guys are OK being OK…even though Jackson and Nelson haven’t changed a ton on the field, the way they practice and lead is the reason behind the Blackshirt honor…


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We officially have no idea what Nebraska is good at defensively, if anything at all

-Indiana didn’t exactly ‘kill’ Nebraska on the ground, because they didn’t have to—they abused the Huskers through the air, helped by zero pass rush and coverage breakdowns. Defenses are attacking Nebraska’s linebackers, and it’s hard to blame them

-So Nebraska doesn’t stop the run very well, and doesn’t stop the pass, either. Where can we point to for possible fixes, if anything is possible at all?


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Nebraska’s rush defense has been stout the first two games…is that real or still yet to be determined?

-Colorado had zero yards in the first half against Nebraska, and their comeback was built mostly off the pass game, with some runs in the picture, but not the reason why they gashed the Huskers in the 4th quarter

-Nebraska is giving up 2.1 yards per carry so far through 2 games, which is tied for 12th in the nation (Michigan State is first at 0 yards per carry…whoa)

-Do you feel like this is a resolved issue or is wait and see until you see some bigger offensive lines?


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The Husker defense says they’re ready for the bright lights…by what game are we allowed to say they’re ‘back’?

It’s been the message of Fall so far that the defense has made strides, and Tuesday’s post-practice media session continued that vibe. But when assessing if they are truly better, and possibly even WAY better, what’s our barometer test for them? Can’t go off of the South Alabama game…do we have to wait until the Ohio State game (game 5) before we can assess if they’re a good defense, or can we assess it after Colorado/Northern Illinois?

Depth charts are out for Husker football and Scott Frost speaks…what are the biggest newsmakers?

-What were the surprises on the depth chart? Maybe not ‘surprises,’ but Collin Miller listed as a starting ILB (with Will Honas getting the OR); Caleb Tannor gets a starting OLB spot, Jaevon McQuitty is JD Spielman’s backup…and we also have a starting punter listed!

-Also, Blackshirts announced…who all got one on defense? And great comments from Scott Frost on former Husker coming in to discuss what those mean….Jay Foreman!!

-More from Frost…

The Drive: August 26th, 4pm

  • Defensive depth chart
  • Blackshirts were earned and handed out today
  • Maurice Washington, playing or not?
  • Whats in the Box (Raisin’ Canes)

Scott Frost has interesting ideas for the use of the alternate jerseys / Shut Up Sipple (sponsored by Bagels & Joe)

-Frost mentioned Friday he would like to in the future have an alternate Blackshirts jersey for both home and away…brilliant concept?


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Stopping the run is the name of the game this year for Nebraska’s defense….can they make the strides they need to?

-Scott Frost, Mohamed Barry and Khalil Davis were asked plenty of questions about the defense and how it can improve at Media Days last week…what signs do you see that it can indeed improve?

-Is Darrion Daniels’ presence enough to feel like Nebraska can stop the run? What’s a number they need to get to in yards per game allowed to make a move up the ranks?