When number 10 Nebraska visits Indiana on Saturday the game will include a chess match between the Husker defense and the Hoosier offense. Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker says Indiana goes the extra mile to make sure the perfect play is run against the defense.
“They do whatever they can to steal defensive signals and they work at it real hard”, said Banker. “They actually call the play the line of scrimmage and try to get into the perfect run or the perfect pass to beat your front and to beat your perimeter cover down”
Banker says one way to counter Indiana’s espionage is to simply play better. The Huskers will also us dummy calls and wrist bands to mask their intentions. Banker says Indiana’s attempt to steal signals is not unique and something he encountered in the Pac-12 while coaching at Oregon State.
“It is nothing new and some teams just do a better job at that type of thing than others”
The Huskers will try to slow down an Indiana offense that is the top ranked passing unit in the Big Ten but still has a run first mentality.
“I truly believe their success in throwing the ball has come because they have done some damage in running the ball”, added Banker. “That has helped them out in the passing game.”