Nebraska-Kearney coach Josh Lamberson has been a player or a coach in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2000 and knows nobody is going to have any sympathy for the Lopers. Lamberson begins his second season as the UNK coach on Thursday night with a visit to Missouri Western and the Lopers are hoping to make major strides after going 0-11 in 2015.
“I know all of the coaches and most of the assistant coaches and the athletic directors and when it is not game time they are great”, said Lamberson. “But when the lights turn on and the ball is kicked off everybody is going after each other and that is the way it should be.”
Improvement begins up front. Lamberson says the Lopers have added size and speed to a defensive line that gave up just over 203 yards of rushing last year and there is added experience to an offensive line that gave up 44 sacks in 2015.
Redshirt freshman Steve Worthing takes over at quarterback and looks to improve an offense that averaged less than 15 points per game last season. The native of Elkhorn missed all of last season with a knee injury.
“Steve really is the total package as far as a quarterback is concerned. He can throw the deep ball fairly well and is very good with the intermediate passing game and then uses his legs to get out of trouble.”
The Lopers open their home schedule a week from Thursday night when they host Emporia State.