August 28, 2014

Plenty to work on for next season–Big Red Report (AUDIO)

Sharing my final thoughts after Nebraska’s 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl. Defensively, a lot of work ahead for 2013. After giving up a massive amount of yards on the ground against Wisconsin, the secondary was burned against quarterback Aaron Murray. Touchdown passes of 29, 75, 49, 24 and 87. A couple of those were just great passes laid right in there, but the 29 yarder to the tight end Arthur Lynch for Georgia’s first score and the 87 yarder to Chris Conley to put the Bulldogs up by 14, were down the middle of the field that was wide open. The secondary showed poor tackling techniques against Wisconsin, and poor coverage against Georgia. With a fresh wave of linebackers starting next season, there is plenty of room for growth.

Offensively, again it was one of those situations where the Huskers beat themselves. After NU used a 13 play drive to go up 31-23, Georgia responded with a quick touchdown and two point conversion that tied the game. However, the Huskers were driving down the field again, and punishing Georgia’s defense, but Ameer Abdullah had the ball stripped on a 3rd and 1 at the Georgia 38 that should have been a Husker first down. Taylor Martinez and Abdullah admitted that killed their momentum on offense.

The offense will be very solid next year, but Taylor Martinez, now 0-3 in bowl games, will have to continue to improve his passing. He improved his footwork, but his throwing mechanics and how he drops his elbow so far down has to change or he won’t improve on his 12 interceptions this season, way too many for a team that is run heavy.