If we were to play word association and I said words like “Red Raiders”, “Texas Tech football”, and “Mike Leach” you most likely would say passing or throwing the football. Texas Tech is no longer a team that will throw the ball 70 times.
On today’s Big Red Report you’ll hear from defensive coordinator Carl Pelini talk about how Tech has evolved and become so much more than just a passing team. He says they can no longer prepare for a one dimensional passing game from Tech. Don’t get me wrong. They still like to throw. The Red Raiders have the second best passing attack in the nation, but in the spread offense when it comes to running, much of the Huskers’ defense will have to focus on one on one tackling. Head coach Bo Pelini explained. “Like always (in spread offenses), you’re going to have a lot of one on one situations in the run game and in the pass game. You have to be able to execute at those times, like tackle in space, cover in space. There’s going to be situations where you’re not necessiarly dropping into a zone. They spread you out enough that there is a lot of one on one situations both in the run game and in the pass game. They have a really good screen game and draw game, so you’re going to have one on one situations where you have to be able to make a play.”
Nebraska senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to best college offensive or defensive lineman, who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. The semifinal list will be trimmed to four finalists on Nov. 10 and the award will be presented in Houston on Dec. 9.
Suh is one of four Big 12 players on the Lombardi Award Semifinal List, this year. Nebraska has had four players win the Lombardi Award, including Rich Glover in 1972, Dave Rimington in 1982, Dean Steinkuhler in 1983 and Grant Wistrom in 1997.