‘Not good enough’: Husker football DC Erik Chinander talks defensive struggles

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Huskers’ defensive coordinator is not yet satisfied with the team’s defense, which gave up 17 points against North Dakota on Saturday.

Erik Chinander spoke about Nebraska’s defensive struggles at a Tuesday morning press conference.

“Not good enough.  Not good enough yet,” he said.

The Huskers left Memorial Stadium with a W on Saturday, but Chinander said they failed to play up to the team’s standards.

Edge rusher Garrett Nelson did pick up the team’s first sack of the season, while also forcing a fumble in the third quarter.

“I feel like this is a young group that’s hungry, that wants to be good, that wants to win, wants to do things the right way,” Chinander said.

Another Nebraska edge rusher, Ochaun Mathis, picked up his first sack of the season.

He also spoke during the press conference and also touched on some of the Huskers’ defensive miscues.

“Sometimes it can be hard, you know,” Mathis said.  “I know a lot of guys that are trying to play to win.  We can’t forget to work together as well.”

Nebraska gave up 175 rushing and 131 passing yards to the Fighting Hawks, a Football Championship Subdivision team.

“It’s kind of hard because once you’re in the moment, you want to get off the field as soon as possible, get offense the ball back,” Mathis said.  “Those times come in different measures to where you are making a bad decision sometimes a good decision.”

Nebraska will face Georgia Southern on Saturday night.  The Eagles put up 59 points in their opener against Morgan State.

“I think that they’ll continue to get better and better each and every week,” Chinander said.  “And that’s the exciting thing about this group.”

The Huskers will play at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.  This game will be broadcast on FS1, with radio coverage from the Huskers Radio Network.

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