Nebraska Football

Northwestern a 'Get Back on Track' Game for Nebraska

October 2, 2019
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Nebraska has moved on from Ohio State. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander made that clear following Tuesday’s practice. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters backed that up on Wednesday.

Walters also sees potential in Saturday’s matchup with a Northwestern team that pretty much every coach has now called sound in its assignments.

“This is a ‘get back’ week, a get-back-on-track week,” Walters said. “We’re playing a good Northwestern team on defense. They beat us last year so we know that last year they started slow and then went on to win our side of the division. We understand it’s a good opponent. It’s a division game so any time you win in the division, tie breakers sometimes come down to the division so it’s a huge game.

“We’ve looked past Ohio State. We understand we didn’t play well. We’ve looked past that and we’re looking forward to Northwestern and getting back on track and getting some positive momentum around here.”

With that said, there might be just a little thought about the future and the potential of seeing Ohio State one more time.

“We hope to play them again,” Walters said. “We hope to take care of business and get better and win our side and play them in Indianapolis if they make it. [Chase Young] is a tremendous player. We went back and watched the tape and if we play them again, we’re definitely going to have to chip and do some things to neutralize his playmaking ability and make sure he’s not disruptive and getting us behind the chains.

“Luckily we don’t play them anymore and a guy like him, but hopefully we see them again in Indianapolis.”

More news and notes:

>> Kade Warner has battled injuries so far this season and Walters said Nebraska has “missed him a lot” on the field as a result. He got out for a few plays against Ohio State but aggravated his previous injury.

“Hopefully he gets back soon and gets healthy where he can be 100%,” Walters said.

Warner is now classified as “day-to-day.”

>> Has Walters ever installed a double wing in his offense?

"I haven't, but going back to old Nebraska roots and it's something they have to work on it,” he said. “It's not an easy scheme to prepare for, so they probably have got to take a couple of periods out of each day to work on that and if they do that, they're not working on other things. It gave us a spark and we'll have different elements of that in every game and something the team's got to prepare for."

With that said, it may not be the last time Nebraska fans see it in a game. While the Ohio State matchup got out of hand and the Huskers moved away from it last Saturday, Walters also said the Huskers “got more in our bag that we can pull out this week and in the coming weeks."

>>The Big Ten announced Wednesday that senior defensive lineman Khalil Davis has been suspended for the Northwestern game following a violation of the league’s Sportsmanship Policy that occurred against Ohio State.

 
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