Through the first three games of the season, the defensive line has not played near it’s potential, in particular in stopping the run. That was an issue early last week against Washington, but defensive lineman Jared Crick says the rush defense is something that can be fixed.
The Jackrabbits of South Dakota State have fallen behind and has needed to throw the football earlier than they would like and of course you expect that to be the case this Saturday, but Kyle Minett, the Jackrabbits 5’10 215 pound senior running back could be a good final test for the d-line and their run defense. Minett is the first Jackrabbit nominated for the Walter Payton Award, annually given to the top offensive player in NCAA Division I FCS. He’s posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and is on pace to become South Dakota State’s No. 2 all-time rusher. Minett has averaged 5.0 yards per carry over his career.
Of course it’s homecoming for Husker nation and a former national champion will be on the sidelines for South Dakota State. Co-defensive coordinator Clint Brown was on the 1994 National Championship team and helps run a defense that has yet to give up a point in the fourth quarter, but let’s be honest, this thing should be well in hand by the fourth. According to Bo Pelini, they’ve just scratched the surface in terms of what the Nebraska offense is capable of doing. So it’s possible we could see some new wrinkles and additions this week. A big difference from the offense of a year ago.
So look for the D-line to work on their run defense and the offense to possibly show us some new things as this game can be used as added development.