Nebraska Cornhuskers Keys To Victory
1) Quarterback Play: With Taylor Martinez doubtful for Saturday’s game, the play of back ups Tommy Armstrong and Ron Kellogg will be key. Armstrong will present a glimpse of Nebraska’s future at the position and Kellogg brings a vast knowledge of offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s offense. Whomever is taking the snaps, they will need to at least manage a solid game behind center.
2) Run, Run, Run: Ameer Abdullah should run with anger on Saturday. The junior running back seemed like the only guy who played with a purpose in the second half of last weekend’s loss to UCLA. Abdullah is likely to get plenty of carries and rack up a good amount of yards against the Jackrabbits. Imani Cross and Terrell Newby should see action as well. If they take care of the football and find open holes Nebraska will probably operate with a run first mentality.
3) Make Open Field Tackles: Tackling has plagued this defense for the past year. They need to make open field tackles on the Jackrabbits if they want to be successful. South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner will have a field day with the Blackshirts if they don’t wrap him up.
4) Play Four Quarters Of Football: One issue that has caused a few losses over the years is not playing four solid quarters of football. It was on display last week in a game that Nebraska clearly had in hand going into halftime. This game is a great opportunity for the Huskers to play four physical quarters of football and keep their proverbial foot on the gas. If they do, a win should come easy.
5) Have Fun: As Bo Pelini mentioned at his weekly press conference on Monday that he wants his players to have fun and enjoy the game. Football should be fun, as long as they are getting the job done. The two go hand in hand, so if the Huskers are having fun the scoreboard should reflect it.