NU Prepares for SDSU

Nebraska practiced in full pads Tuesday afternoon on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields as they continue to prepare for this Saturday's game against South Dakota State. After practice, Defensive Coordinator Carl Pelini addressed the media about getting the Blackshirt defense prepared to face this weekend's opponent.

“When we break down opponents, we look at technique and schemes, and how we to technique and scheme it,” Pelini said. “For us, it doesn't matter who we're playing. It's a matter of learning their offense and adjusting our coverages. I think our guys are as locked in as they have been any week.”

Pelini also talked about the linebackers progressing as a group saying, “They're still making a lot of mistakes. But those mistakes are lessening as they go. I'd like to see them make a huge jump this week and with extra time with the bye week and Kansas State, I'd like to see them lock it in.  They're getting better.”

After allowing four completions last weekend against the Huskies, Pelini feels that the Blackshirts are progressing as a whole unit.

“We thought year three is when your guys start to get what your teaching and they're very comfortable with it,” Pelini said. “As a staff, we've always felt a lot of pressure to show our guys everything they're going to see on Saturday. I don't think we feel that same pressure anymore because our guys understand the concepts of the defense. If they give us something new, they just apply their roles and its ok. We weren't there last year, even at the end of the year. We certainly weren't there year one. I feel like we're starting to get there now.”

The Huskers will face SDSU this Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The 6 p.m. game will be on FSN pay-per-view.