Nice summary, thanks.Here is this week’s movers-n-shakers . . .
*The #1 mover this week is undoubtedly Maurice Washington—who just happens to be one of the few players who showed up in the second half. When Washington took a swing 75 yards to pay dirt, he went over the 100 yard mark in pass receiving for the second time in his career—the other being his last full game that was also a tough Husker loss. He finished with 4 catches for 118 yards. He added 77 yards on 15 carries including a 40 yard run. We really need Washington to get and keep his act together. He could be our best WR outside of Spielman—unfortunately he is also our best RB.
*J.D. Spielman caught 5 balls for 112 yards—much of it on his 65 yard TD catch on the first drive. Wan’Dale Robinson had 3 catches for 35 yards—and one horrid drop that he might still be running if he hadn’t dropped it. Here are the rest of the WR highlights for the game . . . . . . . . . . . . that will be all. The lack of development in the WR room continues to be one of the head-scratchers of this coaching staff. Come back soon, Kade Warner. Kanawai Noa just looks like he isn’t that close to 100%.
*Adrian Martinez gives the best Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde performance since our last two multi-year starters at QB—Tommy Armstrong and Taylor Martinez—looking unstoppable one moment and a deer in headlights the next. He was 9-9 with 180 yards in the first half and finished 16-26-1 with 290 yards (I’ll let you do the math on the second half.) Keep in mind, 75 of those second half yards came on the TD pass to Washington--mostly Washington's doing. Martinez looked good running the ball gaining 99 yards but lost 33 yards in sacks and had two fumbles. The pressure of “carrying” this football team seems to be weighing heavily on him.
*Will Honas led the team in tackles with 9. Mo Barry and Collin Miller were tied with Marquel Dismuke for second with 6 tackles. Comparing the production of the inside backers to the outside backers tells a sad story. The three ILBs have combined for 40 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3.5 TFLs. Meanwhile, the five OLBs have combined for 16 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 TFLs—(hold the phone, Alex Davis had two TFLs on Saturday). The OLB position continues to be as problematic as it has been since we switched to the 3-4.
*Alex Davis does lead the team with a modest 2 QBH’s.
*In the preseason, it was predicted by some that our pass rush would be better but the sacks would likely be spread out given we don’t have a 10-15 sack player on our roster. So far, we have 7 sacks . . . from 7 different players.
*One freshman who made his debut on Saturday was walk-on Luke Reimer—on special teams. He was the player who recovered the fumble on the kickoff near the end of the game.
*Transfer punter Will Przystup made his debut kicking off four times. His first three were touchbacks but then he kicked short and the big return (and fumble) followed. Was that short kick on purpose? If so, why?
*Punter Isaac Armstrong made his first career FG—a 26 yarder. However his 48 yard kick in OT was badly struck.
*Cam Taylor-Britt has already forced 3 fumbles this year. But he and Mo Barry led the team in missed tackles on Saturday. Fatigue seemed to be Taylor-Britt’s problem. Barry just seemed to be struggling.