The Huskers are working to bolster the pass defense as they prepare to open Big Ten play at Illinois. Nebraska ranks last in the FBS in pass defense at nearly 380 yards per game and coach Mike Riley says they are looking at any schematic changes that could help.
“The combination of getting enough pressure and getting some curve balls in coverage is a difficult thing to mesh”, said Riley.
Sophomore linebacker Chris Weber says the problems defending the pass can be fixed and it is not just the responsibility of the secondary.
“Everybody has got to do their job,” said Weber. “We’ve got to get a pass rush up front, linebackers have got to get to their drops and the back end has got to do their thing. Really, pass coverage is not just on the back end it’s on every aspect of it.”
One of the reasons the Huskers are giving up so many passing yards is opponents are not able to run the ball. Nebraska ranks seventh in the country in run defense at just over 73 yards per game.