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2010 Sep 13

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Bo Wary of Locker's Talent

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Bo Pelini loathes beating around the bush, and the Nebraska head coach didn’t pull any punches in describing the best player on Washington’s offense, quarterback Jake Locker.

“It’s pretty obvious,” Pelini said during the Big 12 Coaches Teleconference. He’s a heck of a player. He does a lot of good things. He can run, throw it. He can beat you a lot of different ways and hurt you a lot of different ways. We’ll have our work cut out for it.”

Pelini declined to compare Locker - a senior who had thrown for 555 yards and rushed for 41 in two games this year - to any quarterbacks he’s previously faced. Locker, though in a West Coast Offense, has the size and speed of a Tim Tebow, and is expected to be the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Locker’s ability to get out of the pocket and scramble, Pelini said, required Nebraska’s defense to stay at home and be smart in “defending their offense.”

“You have to rush with lane discipline,” Pelini said. “But at the same time you have to get pressure on him. They create some challenges for you defensively…you’ve got to him an essence of respect. I’ve been there before. We have a lot of respect for him.”

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