Early Break

September 26: How much has your perception of the B1G West changed since the season began?

-Get this—MINNESOTA has the top scoring defense in the entire country (Penn State is 2nd)…and the Gophers look good in P.J. Fleck’s first year….Iowa looks better than thought, and Wisconsin might be even better than we originally thought

-Northwestern might be overrated from the preseason, but Purdue is on the way up….Nebraska has its work cut out for them

September 26: Tony Davis (Former Husker RB) / Shut Up Sipple

-Did you see improvement from the team in the Rutgers game or still more of the same?

-How does a staff that doesn’t know if they’ll be here next year build for the future and the current team, as well?

-How much doubt comes to players when they see their QB having INT issues?

September 26: How can a coaching staff truly build for this year and the future under the current circumstances of not knowing if they’ll be retained for next year?

-When the A.D. that hired you is fired midseason, that’s a bad start for you. And, knowing how fickle recruiting can be, you know that opposing coaches going for players like Micah Parsons, Joshua Moore, Bookie Radley-Hiles and others are saying that those players shouldn’t come here because Riley might not be here next season….and how in the world do Riley and staff fend that off?

-It’s a very difficult situation, and if Nebraska can hang on to their prized recruits through all the doubt, then good on those players for their commitments.

September 26th: Nebrasketball gets a 2018 commit from 3-star PG Xavier Johnson…more positive news for a program (potentially) on its way up

-Nebraska got Johnson over other offers from Creighton, GA Tech, Georgetown, NC State, and others…with this news and the Copeland news a few weeks ago, Nebrasketball tends to have some—gulp—offseason momentum. Sound familiar? Can they convert it??

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

September 26th: The offensive line rebounded against Rutgers…will it continue improving going forward or still remain a concern for the season?

-Mike Cavanaugh said the offense ran the same run play 31 times (!!) in the game, so simplicity may have helped the line…

-Michael Decker and Brendan Jaimes were young guys that coaches said they were happy with their performances, but can those guys do well when playing against tougher teams? Sorensen isn’t convinced the line is back yet. Need to see it vs. stiffer competition

September 26th: Can Tanner Lee get out of his interception funk? Mike Riley believes its possible, and Nebraska needs it to happen…quickly

-Riley had great answers during press conference Monday, diving into past QBs he worked with like Matt Moore and Derek Anderson, and noting they had INT issues at times but were always really good players by their senior year

-Do you believe that Langsdorf and Riley can get Lee figured out and get his confidence back? Lee seemed OK at the press conference, too, but he never really has seemed rattled ever. Hard to know where he is at when on the field, mentally

September 25th: Was DPE’s long punt return a flash in the pan, or will see more big returns throughout the season?

-The return came at a time where again, Nebraska’s offense was somewhat sputtering. Felt a lot like last week when Nebraska was fortunate to recover a muffed punt…

-Thoughts on what we’ll hear at today’s press conference…

September 25th: More on the defense—is their improvement over the past 2.5 games solely because of bad opponents, or just finally playing at a high level?

-0 points in 2nd half against Oregon; 7 points against NIU; 10 points against Rutgers….can they keep it up, or is it just bad opponents/conservative offense?

-Rutgers had 24 carries for 68 yards against Nebraska (2.8 ypc); not bad at all for the D

September 25th: Is there a legitimate chance that POB/Gebbia gets snaps at QB any time soon?

-Tanner Lee threw 2 more INTs and one of them was an ugly pick 6 that drew lots of ‘boos’ at Memorial Stadium—give him credit, though, as he led the 97-yard drive

-Langsdorf said after the game that he never considered putting POB in, but is there a time soon where that’s the case? How many more bad INTs can he throw before something happens? There were several more ‘almost’ INTs again, and an overall lack of trust in his delivery…back-foot throws, rushed throws, hanging on to ball too long….he’s just a bit off

September 25th: Iowa appears to be no joke; Hawkeyes battle Penn State to the very end, but lose on last-second TD

If you’re a person who mocks Iowa for their ‘mediocre recruiting’ and ‘boring’ offensive identity, well—that boring offense nearly stole a win from No. 4 Penn State, who needed a TD on 4th and goal to win at the buzzer. Can Nebraska hang with either of those teams in November?

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

September 25th: After his performance against Rutgers, it’s OK to now question why Ozigbo hasn’t been playing more

-Many thought it was an overplayed issue last week—and maybe it was—but still, he showed why fans are clamoring for him to play more. 24 carries, 101 yards, and some very physical, tough runs in doing so

-Langsdorf said he’s been practicing better…is there more to it than that? Also—O-line in general…Jaimes good first game…o-line was decent as a whole

September 25th: Huskers look less than stellar, but beat Rutgers 27-17 to move to 1-0 in B1G play

-Pretty sluggish game for the offense again, as they barely muster 300+ total yards against the lowly Scarlet Knights, including just 109 through the air—but Ozbigo/Wilbon/Bradley looked solid on the ground….but what about Tanner Lee?

-Will Langsdorf allow this offense to be a ‘ground and pound’ team going forward? Is it going to be a strength of the team to run, or was it just a bad defense for Rutgers? How much confidence is there in Lee going forward after yet another pick 6? Give him credit for bouncing back with a 97-yard TD drive right after it…