After his record setting five sack game against Baylor last season, it was hard not to look to Jared Crick as the future leader of the Blackshirts, even while Ndamukong Suh was scooping up national headlines.
Now, more of that pressure may be placed on his shoulders as the linebackers corp has thinned quite a bit. First, there was the season ending injury to Sean Fisher and now the injury to Will Compton, which Bo Pelini will only say is a foot injury that will keep Compton out another four to five weeks. For Crick he says this team will be alright and they won’t use that as excuses.
The big thing that came out of watching the game tape from Western Kentucky was that yes the defense made some mistakes, but they are all mistakes that are fixable. They weren’t so much technique as it was communication.
This week it’s Idaho, a good primer for Crick and the defensive line who will take on a Vandals offensive line that ranges from 311 to 335 pounds. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini says NU will be ready and is not concerned with their size.
Nebraska moved up to No. 6 in the latest AP poll. It’s the Huskers’ highest ranking since late 2001, when Nebraska entered the Rose Bowl at No. 4. NU moved up to 7th in the coaches poll.