Notable quotes from Nebraska’s 28-6 win over Illinois.
Mike Riley on what he liked most in the game:
“I’d like to say I loved the running , , . The passing lanes were created well and helped with play-action. What I didn’t like the most was a lot of those incompletions were probably drops so… that efficiency with the running game that was nice looking.”
Tanner Lee on overcoming the rough start to the season:
“I think just continuing to work hard and trust my coaches and the support from my teammates and my family and things like that have been huge. Just staying focused on our next opponent and doing our best to win that week.”
Carlos Davis on things clicking for him:
“It was just the film, and then Freedom [Akinmoladun] brought it up to me – the longer you’re out there, you start to get the feel for your opponent. I never came off the field. I started noticing everything – little stuff with the offensive line. I had seen it before, so it started to click for me.”
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith on the team feeling discouraged:
“Well we should be. After the last two that we played, we should all feel pretty bad. When you play good you should feel good, and when you play bad you should feel bad. Until you get an opportunity to do something about it the next time. We are all disappointed right now, but we get another opportunity next week. And all the things that we talked about that we didn’t do well, we’re going to go to work immediately trying to fix those. Eventually, we will get them fixed.”
Stanley Morgan on the success of the passing game:
“Other than me messing up with the drop. De’Mornay (Pierson-El) came up big with the first touchdown, just fighting through. JD (Spielman) had a couple big passes up the middle. It was just getting those catches.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.