The offense dazzled. The defense had some moments. The special teams sputtered. A good start to be sure for the Huskers, but that’s all, just a good start.
The aforementioned combination will not lead this team to Indianapolis. At the same time, the first game of the season should always be taken at face value (unless you’re Michigan or Alabama, where the National Championship is already possibly at stake). There are going to be mistakes. Today, Husker Nation witnessed a lot of mistakes. Kick coverage was poor. Maher was way off his game, though that could be written off as nerves or even just a fluke. Next week will tell the tale on that one. The defense is a big concern, as well. There is a lot of talent to be had on that side of the ball, but Southern Miss had a lot of large holes to run through. Many tackles were missed on the linebacker and secondary level. With more physically demanding opponents coming on the schedule, those are fixes that will need to be fixed sooner than later.
On the other hand, the bright spots that were displayed today showed that, with some tweeking here and there, this 2012 squad can compete. Not enough can be said about Taylor Martinez’s performance on the field today. He made some technique mistakes, as he could possibly down the road against tougher opponents, but nobody could have asked for or even expected the accuracy he showed with his arm. Losing Rex Burkhead is very unfortunate, but it looks like he shouldn’t be gone too long. Here’s to hoping. Luckily, Abdullah, Heard, and Cross are going to bring a very explosive dynamic in Burkhead’s abscense. If the count was correct, 7 different players had a touchdown. Offensively, Huskers fans have a lot to be excited about.
Much more to come between today and UCLA, but a great start to the season!
By Tyler Wanek
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