Erik Chinander Discusses Maryland
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Nebraska Defense Preparing for ‘Where’s Waldo?’ of Colorado’s Offense

September 03, 2019

Where’s Waldo?

Or, better yet, where’s Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault?

"It's Where's Waldo, right?" defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said following Tuesday’s practice. "We always have to know where that cat's at, and just because you know where he's at doesn't mean you know what's about to go on." 

Chinander was pleased with Nebraska’s defensive effort against South Alabama, but there are still things that need to be improved upon. Two of those things are communication and eye discipline.

And while Shenault is a guy Nebraska’s defense needs to be ready for, it’s quarterback Steven Montez who really makes the Colorado offense go. But Chinander is also aware that the Huskers don't have the greatest idea what the Buffs will do with a new staff in place under first-year head coach Mel Tucker.

"The one fear is you don't know exactly what they're gonna do, you've got one game of work," Chinander said. "I think their personnel is a concern and then not knowing what to get ready for is the second concern."

However, Nebraska’s defense is still coming off that strong effort against South Alabama. The Blackshirts caused five turnovers and scored 14 points in the Huskers’ 35-21 win, so there’s a lot to like.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty left to improve on either.

More news and notes:

>> Safeties Deontai Williams and kicker Barret Pickering both walked off the practice field in street clothes on Tuesday. Coach Scott Frost provided little update on both on Monday, so it continues to be a wait-and-see situation.

>> Left tackle Brenden Jaimes said the focus in practice this week has been on energy, tempo and just playing fast.”

“Coach Frost said it best: we’re at our best when we play fast so that’s what we’re trying to do this week,” Jaimes said.

As for what he’s taken away from film review?

“We need to work better as a group,” he said. “We can’t have one guy mess up and the four other guys do their job; we’ve got to all be doing our job for the play to work.”

>> Walk-on safety Eli Sullivan had four tackles against South Alabama, something that made Chinander very proud.

“All he does is get better and better and better,” Chinander said. “Through camp, he was just making plays.”

>> Frost has spoken about the snap issues from Saturday a couple of times now, which center Cam Jurgens was confident can be fixed.

“It's correctable,” Jurgens said on Tuesday. “Everything is correctable. I’ve been working on it and I'll be ready for next week. I think it's just, I mean, getting more reps and getting more game reps, having a guy there. And so many fans, I mean, everything's correctable, just rushing myself. I'll be ready for next week.”

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