The Huskers begin their preparations this week for the Washington a team they faced twice last year. Early in the season, NU went to their place and just destroyed them. In the Holiday Bowl, the Huskies got some revenge on the Huskers.
This year a different look offensively from the Huskies. Gone is quarterback Jake Locker, who the Huskies used his scrambling abilities quite a bit. Now a different quarterback, the offense doesn’t change much, but Carl Pelini believes there will be some subtle changes for new quarterback Keith Price and at this point in the week, that’s what the Huskers are looking for. Back on the team is tailback Chris Polk who dropped 177 yards on the Blackshirts last year. Carl called him one of the best backs that he has seen in his time at Nebraska. Right now, Carl is more concerned with the effort of his defensive unit last week, calling it unacceptable.
Nebraska freshman Ameer Abdullah was named the Big Ten Special Team Player of the Week as well as the Freshman of the Week, and he won the College Football Performance Award for National Kickoff Returner of the Week. Abdullah totaled 231 all-purpose yards on eight touches, an average of 28.9 yards per attempt. The freshman from Homewood, Ala., set Nebraska’s single-game record with 211 kickoff return yards. I mention he’s from Alabama, growing up he went to Auburn games all the time, but still chose Nebraska despite growing up in SEC country.