Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard has completed 61 percent of his passes and thrown just three interceptions this season but it is the plays he can make with his feet that has Husker defensive coordinator Mark Banker concerned.
Beathard has gained 422 yards of rushing and his ability to scramble is one of the reasons the Hawkeyes have topped the 30 point mark in five straight games.
Banker says the key for the Huskers will be to put pressure on Beathard without opening up running lanes.
“We can’t take away from our pass rush but at the same time if you beat your guy you have got to have a clock in your head when it is time to close the pocket because he will take off”, said Banker. “He has a good sense of timing in the pocket and in about two and a half seconds if he doesn’t like what he sees he can take off on you.”
The Huskers take a 5-6 record into Friday’s game against a third ranked Iowa team that is 11-0.