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2010 Sep 13

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Take Our Fan Survey And Win!


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Hey Husker fans! We have a quick fan survey to kick off the week. Answer all 7 questions below and we'll pick one winner to go into a drawing for tickets to the Nebraska-Colorado game at the end of the year. Have fun - and win!

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1. What's been the most pleasant surprise so far for the Huskers?

2. What worries you after two games?

3. What's your take on Taylor Martinez through two games?

4. Can Nebraska's defense improve on the 2009 version?

5. Give the offense a grade through two games.

6. Give the defense a grade through two games.

7. Early prediction on Washington.

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Comments (33)

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1. What's been the most pleasant surprise so far for the Huskers?

Although Taylor Martinez has shown some talent I think the most pleasant surprise has been the secondary. These guys have shown they have taken the time to learn, and execute what Coach Bo and Coach Carl have been teaching them.

2. What worries you after two games?

The turnovers and penalties are not good. What worries me the most is the defense not living up to expectations. So far I don't think they are where we wanted them to be at this point in the season with the talent they have.

3. What's your take on Taylor Martinez through two games?

I like Martinez. I have seen a likeness in his style of play that reminds me of some of the things Eric Crouch did. Martinez is going to be an exciting player to watch in the future. Good things are going to come from him.

4. Can Nebraska's defense improve on the 2009 version?

The 2009 version will be tough to match. I think the overall talent is there to accomplish what is asked of them. It is early in the season but they will continue to improve.

5. Give the offense a grade through two games.
I give the offense a C. They have much improving to do but with Martinez as a young quarterback when he is on the whole offense will be on. Specially as the season progresses.

6. Give the defense a grade through two games.

At this point in the season I give the defense a B-. They like the offense have to improve if they expect to compete with the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, etc....

7. Early prediction on Washington.

Nebraska wins this one. It will be close.
NU - 27 UW - 24

– Sep 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

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1. What's been the most pleasant surprise so far for the Huskers?

T-magic. It's just fun to see him shred defenses. He's gotta cut the mistakes, but the ceiling's pretty high on this kid.

2. What worries you after two games?
Fumbles and penalties.

3. What's your take on Taylor Martinez through two games?
It's hard to ignore his running, but does Cody Green hit McNeil on those wide open plays? Can we get them both on the field?

4. Can Nebraska's defense improve on the 2009 version?
Of course. If they all gel, starters and back-ups.

5. Give the offense a grade through two games.

6. Give the defense a grade through two games.

7. Early prediction on Washington.
NU-24 UW-17

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

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1. The play of Taylor Martinez
2. The inconsistance in the offense, lack of busting a hole on 3rd and one, and that injuries to key defenders is hurting the growth of the defense.
3. Needs more experience, and work on passing the football.
4. Only time will tell.
5. C-
6. B (stopping the run seems to be a problem)
7. To close to call, much depends on the pressure the defense can put on Locker and the confidence the offense will have in a very hostile environment.

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

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1. TMart
2. Penalties (again this year...)
3. Holy crap he can run...
4. Sure looks like it.
5. B-
6. A
7. NU wins 23-14

– Sep 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

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1. What's been the most pleasant surprise so far for the Huskers?

It has to be the running of Taylor Martinez. The second thing would be the pay of the DB's.

2. What worries you after two games?

The inexperiece of Martinez.

3. What's your take on Taylor Martinez through two games?

He's GOOD! He's Fast! Run's the opton well!!! But dangerous in that he carries the ball away from his body...Like a loaf of bread.

4. Can Nebraska's defense improve on the 2009 version?

There's always room for improvement!

5. Give the offense a grade through two games.


6. Give the defense a grade through two games.


7. Early prediction on Washington

UNL :38 - UDUB :17

– Sep 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

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1. The play of Brandon Kinnie
2. Linebacker and turnovers.
3. pleasant surprise. needs to concentrate on making the players around him better because of his skills.
4. i don't think so, but hope that i am wrong
7. NU 30 - UW 17

– Sep 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

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1. Watson making the hard decision to start the best quarterback. ...also Ricky Thenarse.

2. Wide receiver blocking

3. He's 19 years old

4. Yes, but the d-line is going to have play pissed-off.

5. C+

6. A-

7. NU - 20
UW - 13

– Sep 14, 2010 at 7:34 am

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1. Taylor Martinez 2. consistency 3. fast, good running qb immature for passing but coaches slowly adjusting him. 4.yes 5. B 6. B 7. Nebraska kills Washington 38-10

– Sep 14, 2010 at 5:33 am

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7 nebraska will run for at least 300 yards and score 37 and hold them to no more than 10

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:29 am

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6 C plus

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

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5 a B

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

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4 yes it is possible to improve, it depends on how quick the linebackers can learn to call for what defense to be in

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

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3 one of the best running quarterbacks i have seen for nebraska in my almost 50 years or following them

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:26 am

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2 the depth at linebacker

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:25 am

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having the talent of taylor and three great back ups

– Sep 14, 2010 at 4:24 am

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1) Qb situation
2) run defense and Nebraska in short yardage they still seem like they cant run up the gut for a yard
3) Taylor is a heck of an athlete and can be a great Nebraska qb before it's over with
4) yes but it's unlikely
7)38-17 Huskers

– Sep 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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1.Our defense has done great without Suh,and the young guys have stepped up!! Yes,and Taylor Martinez!
2.Penalties. Some of those calls Saturday were ridiculus,but our guys need to be wary and realize they are not playing against
their teammates in practice.
3.Oh,Martinez has a bright future here at Nebraska. He needs to make better decesion's ,and he needs to HOLD on to the ball. But,he is the fastest QB since I don't know who,and he is the best redshirt freshman QB I have ever seen in my 12 years!
I LOVE him!!
4.Yes,although I miss Suh and O'hanlon. My 2 favorite players.
5.I give them a B. We need to move the ball more consistently,and have fewer if no,penalties.
6.A. We need to be more consistent in stopping drives,but so far they have done a wonderful job.
7.Washington is a great team by all means,but I don't see any reason why we can't go in and beat them. I also don't see a reason why are defense can't go in there and knock Jake Locker off his block!!

– Sep 13, 2010 at 7:57 pm

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1 Our new first time starters have been awesome. Tmart, Lavonte, Yoshi... We have some great athletes

2 PENALTIES. Ricky henry cost us some important points last year with untimely penalties (among others), we can't afford penalties that negate big plays or touchdowns.

3 I hope he stays this good! Freshman mistakes are to be expected. He is a player!

4 Yes, Although I do miss watching suh's explosiveness. Tmart seems to be filling the void nicely.

5 I give them a B. We need to limit the penalties, Niles needs some gorilla glue, and we need to hold our focus for 4 quarters. Finish is the word I believe.

6 A- on D. Our dbs were all over the place! Consistency again I think will be the key field for improvement here. Im anxious to see conference play.

7 Without a problem. Washington is decent, not too scared of them though.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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1. Taylor Martinez is the most pleasant surprise.
2. Inconsistent play on both offense and defense - penalties killing drives.
3. He will get better - against tougher teams he just needs to manage the game and not try to do too much - let the team do the work.
4. This could be our best defense ever - just need consisten play and COMPLETELY eliminate the stupdi penalties.
5. 70%
6. 70%
7. Huskers pull one out, if they play mostly error free.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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1) the young talent 2) mental discpline 3) fun but needs much work 4) possibly as the line gets a rotation down, better play from linebackers 5) c+ 6) c+ 7 ) Do not like making them but I think UNL has a very good shot ay coming home a winner as they appear to be far better on defense and improve on offense a good deal, limit mental mistakes and I think you have a 34 17 UNL win

– Sep 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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1. Defensive play of the secondary - Awesome

2. Inconsistency - has plagued BO's teams - happening again

3. Incredible talent - inexperience will hurt in big games - would like to see Zac Lee in the Washington game

4. I believe they have the talent to be better than 2009

5. First game a solid A Second game a D inconsistency

6. First game a D Second game an A can we say inconsistency again

7. NE 41 WA 10

– Sep 13, 2010 at 11:54 am

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1. Ricky Thenarse

2. A bit worried about the passing game, and a lack of focus that seems to happen in the third quarter on offense.

3. Talented beyond anyone's expectations, but needs to improve his passing and concentration. Hasn't yet shown an ability to throw the deep ball effectively.

4. The defense may well be better in defending the pass right now, but definitely needs to shore up the defensive line. A bit more focus on stopping the running game and putting more pressure on the QB could at least put them on a par with the 2009 defense.

5. B-, only because of the lapses in turnovers and focus once they have a big lead.

6. B+, this would be a solid A, but for the fact that they seem to relax in the second half, when they already have a big lead. Of course, part of that may be due to the number of younger players that Carl is putting on the field to gain in-game experience.

7. I look for this to be the Huskers most complete game so far. Washington's defense is not talented enough to keep the Huskers from scoring points, and I expect the passing game to become more of a focus as the Dawgs will try to stop NU's talented runners. I look for big games from NIles Paul and Kinnie.

On defense, more of the same, as the CBs and Safeties continue to dominate. Jake Locker will try to make plays and in doing so, overextend himself. Lots of sacks and turnovers in this game will keep the score down on the UW side. Prediction: 28-13

– Sep 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

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1. Has to be the play of the secondary so far, reminds me so much of the total down field dominance of the '95 and '97 backfields, greasy fast and physically dominant - challenging the receivers off the line and not giving them an inch of breathing room - which makes the opposing QB HAVE to take his time to look for a receiver and allows the D-Line to make his life hell.

2. Mental mistakes - both sides of the ball - motion penalties, personal fouls, missed assignments, mis-execution. Hopefully this will be cured in the next game or two or we will be facing the possibilty of having another Iowa State-like meltdown at the worst possible moment.

3. SO MUCH raw talent, speed like Crouch with the thump of Frostand game of Frazier with the elan of Gantz. His poise belys his relative inexperience, he will only get better as the season progresses and he gets his game "smarts" honed. If he continues to progress at this rate, can you imagine what he'll be like 2-3 years from now? Can we say Heisman at this point in time?

4. Yes it can, and it is already taking steps to eclipse last year's performance. One man (Suh) does not a defense make. Our secondary is already playing above last year's level, the D-line is playing like a unit with no sign of letting down from last year, and as the green wears off the new linebackers who've been thrust unexpectedly into starting roles expect the D to be the dominating destructive force that Pelini said they would be at the end of last season.

5. B-/C+ Mental errors, mental errors, mental errors. Be it not securing the ball, missing a blocking assignment, false starts/motion penalties or (questionable) personal fouls - it all comes down to removing their heads from a certain part of their anatomy and getting it back into the game. That is part coaching and part personal committment on the players.

6. A-/B+ We are so close to being one of the most dominant defenses ever at Nebraska. The only weakness really apparent so far is the Linebacker positions, but (see comments above) this is something that will rectify itself as the two new LB's gain experience in making the right calls, alignments, assignments and positioning. Then - Katy bar the door! Teams, unable to run, will try to pass. Unable to pass, they'll try to run. Stymied either way, they'll just wish they could take their ball and go home.

7. The defense will continue to improve and wreak havoc on Washington's offense, making their QB scramble (and generally not successfully) throughout the game. The offense, while improving from the first two games will still suffer from bouts of self-destructiveness - look for two drives that should have been TDs result in field goals, and two more that end deep in WU territory either because of turnovers or major penalties. That said, NU triumphs 41 - 10.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

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Definately Martinez. The Huskers are very inconsistent so far, a great play followed by a disaster. We have yet to see what Taylor will do in a big time game, but it is looking good. I think they can improve over 09 even without the Big Man. B for both. Huskers 21-17.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

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1. What's been the most pleasant surprise so far for the Huskers?
QB play, and the fact that the offense has not been stagnant. When this offense isn't shooting itself in the foot, it is one of the most explosive offenses I have seen in while. When teams start devoting themselves to stopping TMart, Shawn Watson can just use some of his other weapons, if he can make the adjustment in-game and not be stubborn. The offense will implode if they become too reliant on TMart and a defense figures out how to take away his run game. That's a big IF.

2. What worries you after two games?
Just like wdpolicky - Niles Paul just doesn't seem to have focus. Paul has too big of a head for his actual performance. He truly does have the ability to be an all-star receiver, but he makes enough bone-headed mistakes to where it almost negates his positive impact (almost). Only 2 games in and I don't know that we've seen a trend yet that this team is penalty-prone, but they have to get that corrected. Penalties, coupled with RFr mistakes at QB will allow a defense like OU (CCG) or TX to eat NU alive. A little concerned about LB. David is playing very well, but he is not a big strong guy - just has speed and good instincts. Whaley and Martin are not there yet mentally. This team is still missing a true difference-maker at LB the way that Dillard was last year.

3. What's your take on Taylor Martinez through two games?
He is a true difference-maker. A real threat to take it to the house on any play. If guys like Helu, Burkhead, Paul, Kinnie, and McNeill can add enough play-making ability/options to keep defenses from focusing solely on TMart, then TMart can continue to be used well for home-run threats. TMart is simply not the passer that Lee is, and TMart is making some freshman mistakes. If NU can keep those mistakes from burning them against top competition, then TMart will truly be a blessing this year. I am just a little nervous to see how TMart handles a 2-Minute drill, and how he reacts when NU desperately needs a good passing QB in a critical situation.

4. Can Nebraska's defense improve on the 2009 version?
Maybe. The defense definitely took a big step forward against Idaho. The secondary looks like it has now returned to form as compared to the 2009 end-of-year version. If the secondary can continue to improve, just a little, every game, then passing teams will have nightmares trying to pass on the Huskers. The secondary is on track to be better, earlier, than they were in 2009. I still think that the D-Line is a step below where NU was at last year. But, I saw marked improvement from game 1 to game 2. If this D-Line continues to improve, I think that they might be very close to equalling last year's unit, but I just don't think that they will be better - maybe next year? LB is probably our weakness, and David could potentially be Demorrio Williams 2.0. But Demorrio also played with strength. David has the speed and the instincts, but I am afraid that he is going to be physically out-matched in some scenarios that Demorrio and Dillard excelled in. And, as I said, Martin and Whaley aren't playing full speed because they don't truly understand the game. The defensive scheme and reads aren't drilled-in instincts yet, so that is making them hesitate and negating Martin's athletic ability. If Martin had David's instincts within the Pelini system, Martin would be Butkus-award calibur LB. The Pelini's need to focus on getting some more big-time recruits in for LB. But, this LB group as a whole is still rather young, and has time to mature.

5. Give the offense a grade through two games.
B. The offense has shown the ability to score big, and has many legitimate threats making it multiple. The offense is dangerous. But, they are inconsistent. They have left several touchdowns out on the field 2 weeks in a row. Not necessarily because of stagnation like last year, but because of shooting themselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers. Right now, NU has the ability to be 98% as good as Alabama on offense, but they aren't because of inconsistency. Alabama is consistently good. If NU continues to improve, they can match Alabama offensively by mid- to late-season. In any case, NU looks much better than last year.

6. Give the defense a grade through two games.
Through 2 games they get a B+. B- for game one, but an A for game 2. The defense could get that A+ if they cut down the number of yards against and get closer to that goosegg. But, to me, the defense has shown the ability to give other teams fits the same as last year. Add in an explosive offense, and the Huskers biggest foe is themselves.

7. Early prediction on Washington.
41-20, Huskers.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 11:06 am

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***might make Watson look really good

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

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1. The obvious answer here would be Taylor Martinez. He has showed something at quarterback that nobody has seen at Nebraska since Eric Crouch. In my opinion, Martinez is already better than Jamaal Lord ever was both running and passing, and he is only a redshirt freshman! Another pleasant surprise is linebacker LaVonte David, who is already Nebraska's best linebacker.

2. I am worried about that offense in big games against good defenses. Texas' secondary could eat Martinez alive in the passing game, making Nebraska one dimensional. I'm also worried about the run defense against teams like Kansas State and Washington, who have strong running games.

3. Martinez is the answer at quarterback, unfortunately for Cody Green. His running ability is extremely special, and even though he hasn't looked great as a passer, he is only a freshman and has plenty of time to develop in that area. The biggest thing is he is coachable, and he might make Shawn Watson really good in the coming years.

4. As good as the 2010 Blackshirts will be, they won't be better statistically, especially in the run defense category. The secondary will be better and the linebacking will be better, but the loss of Suh will hurt the rush defense enough to keep them ranked slightly lower than last year's squad.

5. B, only because its refreshing to see some points scored by the offense. Martinez is fun to watch and Roy and Rex have been as good as advertised, but they have a lot of things to clean up if they want to beat Texas. They are still inconsistent, and they have yet to get tested by an elite defense. If last year's offense had been better and the expectations were higher, this grade would be a C.

6. B. Unlike the offense, the defense's expectations are through the roof this year. The defense played against WKU gets a C-, but the defense played against Idaho (which has a way better offense) gets an A+. The best thing about this defense is that they seem to show up in big games (their three best performances of 2009 came against Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona). I expect the defense to end the year with an A.

7. Nebraska's defense shows up in a big game, generally keeps Locker in check. Offense is inconsistent, but Martinez makes some big plays again. Huskers 30, Washington 13

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

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1. What's been the most pleasant surprise so far for the Huskers?
--Big play/explosive offense. Even with the mistakes and sloppiness of the offense at times its clear they are a threat to score at any time from anywhere on the field. And that has to have opposing defenses worried.
2. What worries you after two games?
--Consistency on both sides of the ball. Saturday's defense performance was much, much better,, than a week ago but still had mental miscues at times. Martinez and the offense seemed to take a step back this week, need to work on sustaining drives, erasing mental mistakes and ball security.
3. What's your take on Taylor Martinez through two games?
--Explosive, with plenty of room for improvement. This week will be big for showing exactly what he is made of.
4. Can Nebraska's defense improve on the 2009 version?
--Perhaps, but they certainly have a ways to go. The potential is definitely there.
5. Give the offense a grade through two games.
--B. Didn't see the consistency need to give a grade any higher than this. Seemed to have trouble sustaining drives at times.
6. Give the defense a grade through two games.
--B+ They are getting there, but overall the team has done exactly what it was supposed to do against these teams. Definitely not a finished product yet.
7. Early prediction on Washington
--Huskers win a game that stays close through 3 quarters, eventually superior talent on both sides of the ball takes over. 31-21.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

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1. I think our most pleasant surprise is our overall speed. I used to watch Florida and Miami, and marvel at how they could recruit such speed, but I don't envy them anymore. Our dudes can fly.

2. I worry that our team will self-destruct at key moments. Part of it has to do with putting the offense on the shoulders of a red-shirt freshman, part of it involves our fumblitis.

3. It's kind of an intuition thing for me, but I think he's going to be a gamer. He seems very composed and confident which I haven't seen since Ganz.

4. I think that's a debate that will go on all year, but I think they can. Especially if they can significantly up last years' takeaway numbers.

5. B- Though they might be a bit accident prone, they are exciting to watch. Last year I would have rather had our defense on the field which is a bad sign for any program.

6. B+ I know Pelini said he was disappointed after WKU, but I feel like that was mostly coach-speak. 10 pts. is 10 pts. I saw our vast potential against Idaho.

7. 45-12 Huskies get mushed!

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

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1. To see the Defense pick up where they left off last year.
2. Niles Paul brain-farts
3. He's fast as heck, but he still is a RsFrosh. We need to accept that he is going to make mistakes.
4. Already have in 2 games in, and our Secondary looks more crisp. I would like a little more foot on the gas pedal throughout the game rather than letting up.
5. Compared to last year its an A+...however, the true grade is a C. Need to score something when in the Red Zone.
6. B+. LBs need to shake off the young rust and play lights out. Run defense scares me a bit, but I think we'll get that cleaned up.
7. Huskers 45 Huskies 13

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

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1. Taylor Martinez
2. Consistent Linebacker play
3. Great physical ability, needs to consistently make smart decisions.
4. No-bbut it should be pretty good.
5. C+
6. B-
7. NU 35
WU 21

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

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1. That's easy. Having a playmaker at quarterback. He may still be going through some of the usual freshman struggles, but Taylor Martinez has a bright future for the Huskers.

2. Ball security. The team needs to protect the ball and not let it slip out of their hands so easy. They won't get away with that as easy against the rest of the schedule as they have the first two games.

3. He's young. He has all the talent in the world and the staff is going to take advantage of that. But he is going to make mistakes (ex. throwing an interception when he should have just taken the sack). We all need to be patient with him.

4. Yes. Holding a talented player like Enderle in check the way the defense did was a good sign for the rest of the season. Once we start finishing games, no team will stand a chance of scoring on us.

5. B. Its definitely an improvement on last year, but as I said earlier we need to protect the ball, which should be corrected as the season progresses.

6. A-. They've played incredible for about the first 2 and a half quarters of each game but then they seem to relax a bit and the other teams have capitalized on it. Like I said. Finish the full game and no team will stand a chance.

7. Jake Locker is going to do all he can to test our defense, but it won't matter. The defense finally plays solid for a full game and the offense continues to improve behind the legs of Martinez and our running backs. Nebraska wins 38-10.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

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1. POINTS on the board.

2. Defense and at time Offense taking a break, costly turnovers or penalties.

3. Good running QB more passing though.

4. Yes in time they will gel and be just as great.

5. B-

6. B-

7. 38 to 17 Huskers pull off the win.

– Sep 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

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