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Defensive Staff Ready for Debut Against Indiana

October 01, 2022

Fans returned to downtown Lincoln on Saturday for the final game in Nebraska’s four-game homestand.

The Huskers come off a bye to debut a reworked defensive staff against Indiana in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff tonight. The game will appear on Big Ten Network.

Following the loss to Oklahoma, interim head coach Mickey Joseph announced a change at defensive coordinator. Bill Busch stepped into that role from his spot as special teams coordinator. Joey Connors was promoted to special teams coordinator from his spot as special teams quality control assistant.

Defensive staffing changes brought minimal change to the depth chart. Omar Brown moved to nickel, where he’s playing behind Isaac Gifford. Freshman safety Jaeden Gould is listed third and freshman Malcolm Hartzog is listed a possible second corner back behind Tommi Hill.

Players in red and white spread over the field for warmups as fans started pouring in. Here are some of the other game day items from Memorial Stadium:

>> Nebraska’s offensive line will undergo a shift due to injury. Turner Corcoran will start at left tackle, Ethan Piper starts at left guard, Trent Hixson is at center, Broc Bando starts at right guard and Bryce Benhart will start at right tackle. Teddy Prochazka and Kevin Williams Jr. are out. There aren’t any other noteable injuries.

>> Running back Anthony Grant enters the game tenth in the country, averaging 116 yards per game. He will be backed up by Gabe Ervin Jr. following Ajay Allen’s season-ending collarbone surgery. Rahmir Johnson and Jaquez Yant are also suited and available.

>> It’s been a full calendar year since Nebraska’s last conference win. That came on Oct. 2 against Northwestern in the Huskers’ conference home opener last season. That was also Homecoming.

>> Saturday’s clash with Indiana is Homecoming for Nebraska. The Huskers are 83-23-4 all-time in Homecoming games. New Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Christina Houghtelling (volleyball), Patrick Kirksey (men’s gymnastics), Shane Komine (baseball), Angela Thacker (women’s track and field), Ali Viola (softball) and longtime bowling coach Bill Straub were in attendance for induction yesterday and will be honored during today’s game. Football legend Guy Chamberlin and Title IX pioneer Louise Pound are also part of the 2022 Hall of Fame Class and are honored posthumously.

>> This is the third meeting of Indiana and Nebraska as Big Ten opponents. The Hoosiers won the 2019 game, 38-31, in Indiana head coach Tom Allen’s only game against Nebraska.

>> Athletic director Trev Alberts confirmed on the Husker Sports Network Football Show that Saturday’s game sold out. That streak is now at a nation-leading 386 games. None of the remaining home Big Ten games have sold out yet.

>> As of kickoff, Northwestern leads the Big Ten West with a 1-0 record. A series of strange outcomes on Saturday leave the division up in the air. In the early games, No. 4 Michigan shut out Iowa for the first three quarters in Iowa City, eventually winning 27-14. Purdue went on the road and knocked off previously unbeaten No. 21 Minnesota, 20-10. The Gophers entered Saturday averaging 45.8 points per game (11th). Bret Bielema got a big win against his former team as Illinois––now 4-1 and 1-1 in Big Ten play––held Wisconsin to 2 yards rushing in a 34-10 win. The Illini’s only loss this season came to Indiana in Week 1.

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