When asked what he learned as an offensive coordinator from last year’s Wisconsin game, Tim Beck said he’d “tell (us) about it sometime.” Monday wasn’t that time, but Beck did say having a game against the Badgers under his belt will make a difference this time around.
“It helps looking at a game after you’ve played somebody and seen how they’ve played you and have a better understanding of their staff philosophies,” Beck said.
Last year, Nebraska was leading Wisconsin 14-13 midway through the second quarter and moving the ball on the ground when three Taylor Martinez interceptions led to 21 unanswered points from the Badgers. Martinez said on Monday that Wisconsin threw some new coverages at Nebraska in that game and Beck confirmed it Monday night.
“What we had from their previous games going into our game (last year), they were a little different,” Beck said.
But with a year running the offense under their belts, the Huskers appear better poised to handle any changes this time around.
“There’s a growth process that took place last year and we couldn’t do all the things (we’re doing this year),” Beck said. “It’s funny watching Wisconsin’s game last year and looking at where we’re at now. We’re light years ahead in a lot of areas.”
A few other notes from Nebraska’s Monday practice:
–Beck said he didn’t expect Nebraska to limit Rex Burkhead’s carries on Saturday. Burkhead had eight carries for 119 yards in his first game back last week.
–Nebraska has 13 different players with two or more receptions this year which makes Beck’s job a little easier this year.
“You have to take what the defense gives you,” he said. “Whatever they take away, you have to be able to adjust and go to the next guy. Keeping everyone involved doesn’t allow a team to do that. They have to play the entire field and every guy on our team.”
–Beck said Nebraska won’t see many teams with a better linebacking corps than what Wisconsin will bring on Saturday. Senior Mike Taylor (40 tackles) and junior Chris Borland (34) both ran in the top ten in the Big Ten in tackles while junior Ethan Armstrong ranks 16th.
“They probably have as good as linebackers as I’ve seen,” Beck said. “Those guys are all over the field and they’re well coached in the secondary. They’re very disciplined in what they do.”