September 3, 2015

Patience pays off for Sutton

David Sutton

David Sutton

Patience has paid off for Nebraska tight end David Sutton. A year ago, the Lincoln native did not even know if he would be back for this season as he was buried on the depth chart. But Sutton stayed with it and now as he begins his fifth season with the program he is listed as co-number one on the depth chart.

” It definitely didn’t happen the way I envisioned it. I have hoping that early in my career I would get on the field and get some meaningful minutes but obviously that didn’t happen”, said Sutton. “I just persevered and kept working. This is obviously the place I wanted to be.”

Everything changed for Sutton after Bo Pelini was fired as Husker coach at the end of the regular season.

“When I got the most discouraged last year the coaching change finally happened”, said Sutton.” I think that could have been the best thing that ever happened for me.”

Sutton played in 12 games last season mostly on special teams.

by Sean Callahan of the Big Red Report

Huskers ready for fast paced BYU

Daniel Davie

Daniel Davie

The Nebraska defense is preparing to face a high tempo BYU offense in Saturday’s season opener against the Cougars. Husker defensive coordinator Mark Banker says they practiced exclusively against the no huddle during preseason camp.

“The play doesn’t stop when the ball carrier hits the ground it stops once to stand back in your position”, said Banker. “Then it becomes a true test of communication too because everybody has to get the call from the sideline and then echo it amongst each other so we can execute.”

 

Husker senior cornerback Daniel Davie says it will be crucial for the secondary to win the one on one battles.

 

“They’ve got two 6-6 receivers so they will be looking to get them the ball because they are taller than us”, said Davie. “A lot of jump ball situations so as long as we win those one on one battles we should be fine.”

 

 

 

Newby gets his chance at I-back

Terrell Newby

Terrell Newby

With Ameer Abdullah in the NFL it is Terrell Newby’s time in the spolight at Nebraska. The California native rushed for 297 yards and five touchdowns last season as the backup to the All American running back.

Newby will be the starting I-back for the Huskers when they open on Saturday against BYU.

“I try to go out everyday with the attitude of just making a consistent effort and just go hard every single day”, said Newby. “I think i’ve done that and been on top of my playbook.”

Newby says even though he is at the top of the depth chart he doesn’t feel the pressure to become Abdullah.

“I’ve learned a lot of great things from Ameer”, said Newby. “At the same time I am my own player. I just want to go out and execute everything I am supposed to do.”

 

 

Experienced QBs lead Nebraska and BYU

Bronco Mendenhall

Bronco Mendenhall

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall says an experienced quarterback gives an offense an identity and both the Cougars and Nebraska will have one when they collide on Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

After missing the final nine games of 2014 due to injury Taysom Hill returns to lead the BYU offense. Two years ago, Hill passed for nearly three thousand yards and rushed for more than 1300 yards.

“Nebraska has the same”, said Mendenhall. “A really explosive player who throws and ball well but certainly can run it well and similar size to Taysom. A little bit taller maybe and runs hard and runs physical.”

Tommy Armstrong enters his third season as the Huskers’ starter after compiling 3400 yards of total offense last season.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley says Hill’s ability to run and pass will force the Husker defense to be physical and disciplined.

“And the containment of the quarterback and how we play there is going to be huge”, said Riley. “Just about every one of their running plays has the element of the quarterback keeping the ball. Keeping the ball and running and keeping the ball and play action pass.”

Riley says it will take the type of discipline it requires to defend an option team.

 

Huskers hand out Blackshirts

blackshirtsEleven Nebraska defensive players found a Blackshirt hanging in their locker prior to Monday’s practice. It is a Husker tradition that dates back to the Bob Devaney era.

Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker says the Blackshirts were awarded to players who met a criteria set by the coaching staff.

“It is results based and now it is time to represent in every thing you do”, said Banker. “Whether it be on the field, which is the important criteria and the other part is off the field, whether it is academics or out in the street.”

One player receiving a Blackshirt was freshman linebacker Dedrick Young, who will start Saturday’s opener against BYU.