The Huskers will be facing one of the top defenses in the country in Michigan State and obviously it puts pressure on NU’s offense, but going up against a good defense also puts pressure on the Blackshirts. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis says one way to help is by getting some turnovers and forcing young quarterback Connor Cook to make some mistakes.
Michigan State has thrown just four this season, three from Cook who has completed 59% of his passes and has thrown three TDs. The NU defense has come up with 12 picks. Four from Stanley Jean-Baptiste and three from Ciante Evans.
The Husker coaching staff was pleased with the play of Zaire Anderson on defense. The junior had six tackles and two of the seven sacks on Michigan’s Devin Gardner. Anderson has started two of the last three games at weakside linebacker.
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Also, backup Husker tight end Trey Foster was cited for driving under the influence and minor in possession of alcohol early Sunday morning after being stopped for speeding by the Nebraska State Patrol.
Foster was issued a warning for speeding. Foster is a redshirt freshman walk-on from Lincoln Southeast. He has one catch for nine yards this season.