The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday, splitting time between the Hawks Championship Center and the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets.
Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media after practice and talked about the team’s response to a hard-fought loss to Colorado.
“They responded pretty well,” Chinander said. “Obviously a lot of sad faces Saturday night and kind of into Monday morning as we were reviewing the game. I think they did a good job after we cleared up the errors in the meeting, went out and cleaned everything up in practice.
“I thought we had a great practice on Monday. They were flying around, they were taking the coaching. It wasn’t a ‘give up’ deal, everybody was right back where they needed to be. Great energy on Monday. We wiped it and then moved on.”
The Huskers had seven sacks against Colorado. Although Nebraska leads the nation in sacks per game, Chinander would also like to see that pressure result in turnovers.
” Obviously we’re preaching that as well,” he said. “I think Coach Frost maybe highlighted in his press conference some of the drills we do to get the ball out, some of the drills we do to hold onto the ball on offense. I think some of our guys haven’t been maybe 100 percent dialed in on some of those. Now I think that’s magnified also. Some of those (sacks) the (quarterback) ate the ball and held it pretty tight.
“We have to produce some turnovers. Anytime we get to the quarterback seven times – and we probably missed two more sacks that were easy ones – you need to get some turnovers out of the deal.”
Chinander also commented on his experience giving out the Blackshirts for the first time on Monday.
“It’s really cool. You know you come into being the defensive coordinator at Nebraska and all you think about is how awesome the Blackshirts are but then it’s time to really (decide) and it’s hard, it’s really hard,” Chinander said. “I had to talk to every kid that didn’t get one. We had to explain to these kids why they didn’t get one this week…there’s a reason why each and every one of them did or did not get a Blackshirt. Some of them are on the very cusp (of getting one) and they played in the game like they should have but their habits leading up to that game didn’t warrant one.”
The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska faces off against Troy on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m., with the Big Ten Network providing national TV coverage.