Courtesy of Doug Law and Lisa Runco
Humorous Observation for the weekend!
Prior to Coach Garrison’s presentation this morning, the BRB crowd was informed on the importance of colon and rectal screening. Which presents some humorous irony in that this medical advice precedes a talk from a former center/long snapper. Hmmm? One would think that colon rectal screening advice would have been more appropriate before the presentation by the tight ends coach! J (Drum Roll/Rim Shot) Have a Big Red Weekend! Go Huskers!
Below is this week’s edition of the Big Red Breakfast Cornflakes compliments of Lisa Runco.
Subject: Corn Flakes 9th Edition
BIG RED BREAKFAST
Corn Flakes, 9th Edition
NU vs Michigan St.
Recruiting Information: Nate for Huskeronline.com
Big weekend last weekend with our victory over Michigan and our 50th year of selling out games. 12 visitors last weekend., 6 of which were not committed A couple of top 100 players: Demorrio and Priest – Priest will return again to Nebraska for a 2nd visit, which is good news. Randy Gregory 6’6” 235 lb DE from Arizone committed to NU last night, pass rushing specialist, tall and lean, very explosive. 3 for 3 guy, he is a JUCO player. Recruiting process took only 3 weeks with him. Very fast. Was a Purdue commitment. Raved about his trip. Regarded as one of top JUCO DEs in the country. We are seeing a lot of momentum built since our bye week. Winning our games becomes very important in next few weeks, will play a large role in where guys go.
Penn St – only 1 official visitor confirmed, Adam Taylor. Unofficial visitor – David Neville from Canada. Return visit with his father, had previously been at our Wisconsin game.
Recruiting cycle is so sped up. We have already offered 50 jurniors for NEXT year’s class. We have even offered a sophomore RB from Youngstown OH already.
Today’s Speaker: O-Line and TE Coach – John Garrison (former player at NU, long-snapper and center)
Coach’s comments: Last night was best night to rest, spent the night in Omaha, with a 2 and 3 yo at home – hahaha!
Haven’t even had that much time to reflect on the Michigan game. The game ended, spent time with media, family. Then it’s on to preparation for next game. Michigan was a tough task. Those Blackshirts came to play, very proud of them. Handed out the Blackshirts this week. It was a bloody, bloody practice on Tuesday. We go good against good on Tuesdays. Lots of pride out there. Great week. Defensively MU was a top 10 team. What we did, we got it done. Wasn’t pretty offensively. Foul taste in my meeting room. But good things to build on as well. We finished the game on the field. They couldn’t stop us toward the end of it. If you look back last year at this time, this is where we were after beating Mich St., then we played Northwestern and we fell down. This year is different. Our guys practiced hard this week.
Defensively did an outstanding job. D-line – their rush and how they handled it, had to be under control and posed. Didn’t want to get up field and create rushing lanes. Flying around the ball making plays. Turnover battle.
Offensively started a little slow. A couple of missed calls, leading to unblocked players.
Overall execution of game plan was good. To see guys go into locker room and get their Balckshirts was pretty special. I wouldn’t trade this group for anybody. Not sure if we are the most talented group up front, but will run through a brick wall for you. I had to break up a pretty serious fight….over a COOKIE. HAHAHA. They are serious about their food. Tight knit group, they do things together. Enjoy being around each other, assaulting local buffets, picking up the doughnuts..ha! We play seven different guys, due to up tempo. Having that tempo and having guys who an rotate keeps them fresh. These guys want to be out there competing, having the rotation situation creates competition, they are just like racehorses, they want to run. Rodriguez, Sirles, Qvale, Pensick, Choi. Not the same issue as with the skills guys. They are very proud to be Nebraska O-linemen. Get lots of reps in practice, we are training two different groups. Jake Cotton coming back from knee injury, needs to work on pass protection. Price doing an good job for us, an all-in guy, wants extra reps after practice. Very hungry. Never a settled state, no one is ever content. We have the depth now to push guys. Starting new center Justin Jackson – savvier, finesse type of position. That’s not really who he is, he is a rage guy. I’ve had to tell him to slow down, which I hardly ever have to do. Spencer Long – outstanding job with his play and as a leader. Addresses the team, addresses the line, calls guys out for not getting it done, has stepped out of his comfort zone. Sirles – played with 15 shoulders that have popped out of place this year, playing with a lot of pain. Qvale – first year he has stayed healthy, he is a big guy who is very intelligent and athletic. Rodriguez is a different guy this year, started to come of age, has better understanding, he never had a redshirt year. This is the heartbeat of our team. We understand the responsibility that we have, our guys accept this and love the challenge.
Q. Why all the penalties? What is with not being on the line?
A. Yes I know. I had to explain that to my mom. (HaHa) I get that from everywhere. Not just the Big Red Breakfast. When defense is getting off the ball the tackles like to lean back to get ready for pass blocking. The helmet has to be at center’s belt. So when they sit back a little that causes a penalty. We work on fixing this in practice. If we have penalty then the whole team will restart the series of plays scheduled. Or we will give them other punishment. We don’t wait until after practice. We address it immediately.
Q. What is the process for making “in game” adjustments?
A. Barney Cotton is up in the press box getting a view from above and analyzing the defense schemes. I’m on the field doing the same. We talk after each play about what is getting done and what might work. Then after we come to agreement, I go talk with the players to see what is going on and what they feel comfortable that they can accomplish. Sometimes it’s an easy fix when a player misses a block. We get on them about that. Most times it is about getting a hat on a hat in the proper place.
Q. What do we expect to see out of Michigan State?
A. They are a physical game. Their defense likes to get 3 and outs, and the offense is a grind it out style to keep the other team off the field. We can attack them by mixing our tempo to keep them from making situational changes on defense. The key to this game, like all games, is to execute. We had a really good week of practice.
Q. What is the indicator to snap the ball? Clapping? How does that work in loud stadium?
A. I don’t want to give away our indicators. Michigan State defense likes to get off the ball. We use a variety of different snap indicators. Maybe we should ask the Cheer squad how the loudest way to clap is! (HaHa) We use leg lift, clapping, arm gesture … and mix it up. If a center can snap the ball without having to look back at the QB that’s an advantage.
Q. How do we slow down an aggressive defense like Michigan State? Will we use a fullback counter?
A. I’d love to call a fullback counter. That’s one of my favorite plays. We have a variety of options. What we use is for Offensive Coordinator to decide. We have draw plays, screen passes, and other plays that can work against an aggressive defense. Our receivers block well. We’ve improved even more than a couple of years ago when Coach Brown had run blocking receivers and pass catching receivers. We were probably the only team in the country where our receivers had next rolls. (HaHa) We weren’t too predictable (HaHa).
Q. What is the schedule for today and tomorrow for the team?
A. We will go have meetings this morning. We leave for Michigan this afternoon. Get to the hotel and give our guys a little down time. Then we will have meetings and then a movie tonight. Tomorrow is 2:30 (central time) game, right? On Saturday morning, we’ll get up, eat breakfast, have chapel, and more meetings prior to getting ready for game. Our guys like afternoon games. Easier than night games where you sit around most of the day. They like getting up and getting after it.