Nebraska is preparing for a new look Oregon defense as the Huskers get set to host the 22nd ranked Ducks in Memorial Stadium. Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is in his first season as Oregon’s defensive coordinator and has implemented a new scheme.
“For years they ran the 3-4 and they are now in a four man front”, said Nebraska coach Mike Riley. “Base coverage is quarters coverage but they do a lot of zone blitzing. They have shown a variety of pressures and corner blitzes in the first couple of ball games.”
Hoke says the Ducks’ run defense needs to improve this week. They gave up 193 yards on the ground in a 44-26 win over Virginia.
“Part of that was we had three penalties where drives would have resulted in a punt or drives that would have been stopped”, said Hoke. “We have got to be more disciplined and more technique sound and do a better job at the point of attack.”
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong says the Huskers are preparing for a variety of looks.
“We don’t know exactly what they are going to throw at us because they have played a variety of defenses these past couple of weeks”, said Armstrong. “We have got to make sure we are prepared for anything.”