Lincoln, Neb.—The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads and helmets for just over two and a half hours Tuesday afternoon. The offense worked in Memorial Stadium while the defense practiced outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass field.
Husker Defensive Coordinator Mark Banker addressed the media after practice to discuss the rotation of the defensive linemen in the Huskers’ win against Northwestern on Sept. 24.
“We played eight defensive linemen last week,” Banker said. “So I thought the defensive line was pretty fresh throughout the course of the game.”
Banker also commented on rotating sophomore defensive lineman Mick Stoltenberg back into the defensive tackle rotation. Stoltenberg is coming back from an injury.
“I thought this past week, because we gave him some more time off, he was better,” Banker said. “I thought we rushed him probably the week before and then probably played [him] a little bit too much, but he seemed to play pain free and, with less reps, [he] was more effective.”
Banker also discussed the importance of limiting big plays on defense.
“[It’s important to stop big plays in] every game, because we only gave two really big plays [against Northwestern],” Banker said. “One run and one on the pass and they were both touchdowns. Other than that, they didn’t hurt us, but you can’t do it. It’s not even a matter of limiting them. You just don’t want to give up a big play. Always make a team drive and you know chances are, if you get lined up correctly and you just execute the basics of your assignment, you’re going to have a chance to make a play of some sort and make the offense earn that particular play.”
Nebraska will welcome Illinois to Memorial Stadium on Oct. 1st for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will air on ESPN2.
Although season tickets are sold out for the 2016 season, fans who want to see the Huskers in person this season at Memorial Stadium can purchase single-game tickets from returning visiting team allotments.
Nebraska Athletics is offering the B1G Pack, where fans can save $10 off single-game pricing and receive a ticket to both the Purdue and Maryland games for $120.
To order tickets, visit Huskers.com/tickets or call 1-800-8 BIG RED during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday.-Friday). For more information, visit Huskers.com.