Nebraska was finally able to play some of its young players on Saturday against Northern Illinois, including cornerback Braxton Clark.
"That was huge,” defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said following Tuesday’s practice. “It's the fine line of growing up as a football team. When do you start subbing those guys out? Maybe when you're to the point where we'd like to be here down the road, you get those guys out there earlier and let them go out with a little bit smaller lead and go operate and do some things.
"But it was good to have the ones finish a game off, it was good to get some of those young guys in there. Obviously Braxton Clark got a pick and that was good. He got a taste. He's probably watching extra film now."
Chinander also said he likes where his defense is now heading into conference play. He also said the Huskers are willing to take criticism to improve, which is a big positive as the group prepares for Illinois and quarterback Brandon Peters.
More news and notes:
>> Freshman running back Rahmir Johnson said that he will run track at Nebraska. He is looking at the 100 and 200-meter dashes but counts the 200 as his best event.
>> More praise for senior Darrion Daniels. Coach Scott Frost had good things to say about him on Monday, and Chinander backed that up on Tuesday. He said Daniels “moves like a 280-pound guy” and can get after the passer. Daniels was one player singled out by Northern Illinois’ coaching staff after Saturday’s game.
>> That goal line stand from Nebraska against NIU? Chinander said that “was a huge stand to grow up.” He credited Daniels and Eli Sullivan for their stops on the possession.
>> Garrett Nelson says the Huskers talked about the eight straight road losses and 0-6 record under Frost after practice today.
“It’s a pressing issue on our minds,” he said, “so we’re focused and ready to roll.
>> Nelson on stopping the run: “Obviously, we are never satisfied. I don’t even know how many rushing yards NIU had but it was too many. That’s not good enough for us. We want to stonewall guys every single play. We don’t want them to get a yard. That’s our goal. We want TFLs, we want guys to feel like they can’t even run the ball. So, like I said, we’re never satisfied. This team is hungry for any yard we can push these guys back, any interception, it’s never good enough for us. We’re Blackshirts, so we’re always hungry and we always want to fight.”