Two new Blackshirts walked off the practice field on Tuesday: sophomore defensive lineman Damian Jackson and freshman outside linebacker Garrett Nelson. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander met with the media following Tuesday’s practice, and shared a little about the two receiving the coveted jerseys.
"Garrett has done a good job to get on the field a lot more," Chinander said. "Being a Blackshirt is more than just performing on Saturday. Coach [Scott] Frost and the staff felt like those guys were deserving of doing things the right way on the practice field, off the field, on game day and taking a little more of a leadership role.
“Those guys were deserving of it."
Nelson shared that he saw the jersey in his locker and discussing the moment warranted the reaction below:
Outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt shared a little more about why Nelson deserved a Blackshirt as well.
“Have you ever watched Garrett practice?” Dewitt said. “Have you ever watched Garrett prepare for a game? You ever watch Garrett run out on the field pregame? Ever seen Garrett do anything he’s not supposed to do consistently? Garrett does what he’s supposed to do off and on the field and that’s what’s given Garrett the opportunity to get a Blackshirt.”
Other news and notes:
>> Former Nebraska strength coach Boyd Epley was at practice.
>> Running back Wyatt Mazour, who Frost confirmed as the recipient of Nebraska’s last available scholarship, left practice in pads.
>> What does Wisconsin’s offense present to the Nebraska defense?
"They do a great job of scheming their offense for what they have," Chinander said. "They have big offensive linemen. They have good tight ends and fullbacks. They've got some good receivers on the perimeter. They make you earn everything. They earn everything. They don't do anything stupid with the football. I think they do a tremendous job of coaching that group up.
“Then obviously they've got a first-round draft pick at running back [Jonathan Taylor]. Stopping the run is of utmost importance right now."
With that said, the run game isn’t the only thing Nebraska has to watch out for. Chinander shared a little about what his side of the ball is looking for in the Wisconsin passing game.
"Anytime you have a running back and run scheme like they have, guys start creeping up in the box," he said. "Guys start getting their eyes miscued because everyone is so worried about stopping the run, and that obviously opens up the pass game.
“[Quarterback Jack] Coan has done a good job with the passing scheme they have. He's made some good decisions. He's thrown a couple of picks, but for the most part, he has made good decisions. He checks the ball down when he's supposed to check it down. He makes big throws when he needs to. I think he's improved every single game this year."