Nebraska Football: The defense is turning the corner

Nov 14, 2020; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers safety Deontai Williams (8) recovers a fumble by Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2020; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers safety Deontai Williams (8) recovers a fumble by Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Nebraska Football defense is beginning to turn the corner.

As Nebraska football is riding high from their win against Penn State on Saturday, one Nebraska football defender sees better results for the defense coming.

Deontai Williams had a big day on Saturday, forcing a fumble, and recovering it for a touchdown as he ran back 36 yards into the end zone. It was a beautiful play, and something I had not seen from the defense in quite a while.

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It ended up being a pretty big play, as the touchdown would give Nebraska football some breathing room. All told, Williams would finish Saturday’s game with three tackles and that major sack.

As he indicated, he is beginning to see a confidence from the defense that was not present before. Perhaps even more encouraging, Williams senses that the defense is starting to turn a corner.

For me, I noticed a certain aggressiveness as well. The secondary in particular was something that was really encouraging. They were aggressive, they made several good plays on the football. They were aware and aggressive, and that always makes for a great combination.

All of the things mentioned above were things that I did not see the Ohio State game, or the Northwestern game. It was encouraging to see them play that way. If they can keep it up against Illinois, that would certainly set a good precedent moving forward, especially as the schedule continues to get harder. In the meantime, the win on Saturday was a relief for everyone involved.

"“Tears of joy,” Williams said of the win. “We were especially happy. God is good on that. It was just emotional because we finally got over that hump we needed to get over. Now it’s about to start rolling. Games are about to start rolling. Wins are about to start coming. And I see it from this defense. We feel like we can beat anybody that we line up against, especially on that defensive end. We don’t feel like anybody’s better than us.”"

I certainly saw the energy on defense. It’s something I have been seeing over the past couple of games for Nebraska football. In that respect, I think the defense is better than it was last year. They are not taking plays off, and they are giving it their all. It’s certainly been fun to see.

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I’ll be interested to see if that momentum carries over to Illinois next week. If it does, they could be in for a successful afternoon. It’s like things are beginning to come together for Nebraska. In my opinion, it’s better late than never.