Official Husker Locker Blog
2010 Oct 08
NU-KSU REPORT CARD
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Quarterback Taylor Martinez. One of the best nights in the history of a Nebraska quarterback. Such breathtaking speed and playmaking ability.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Linebacker LaVonte David. If you think Will Compton’s going to dislodge David from the field, think again. They’ll both have to play. David is clearly in the running for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after 16 tackles.
QUARTERBACK: A Martinez had a few hiccups, but his huge runs and passes easily made up for it. He’s too good not to spy all over the field. Especially impressed with Martinez’s patience Thursday night. He took that extra half-second to read the defense or let his offensive line set up its blocks.
RUNNING BACK: A- Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead ran the ball with authority and confidence. Helu is a home run hitter once again; he’s as dangerous as Martinez in the open field. Burkhead does the dirty work. Small demerit for a couple so-so blocks and Burkhead’s fumble and false start.
OFFENSIVE LINE: A Best game of the year. Dominant, physical and no penalties.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS: B Weren’t called upon to do much in the passing game, but the receivers blocked pretty well. No drops. Ben Cotton recovered a key fumble by Martinez.
DEFENSIVE LINE: B+ Jared Crick and Cameron Meredith had standout nights fighting against KSU’s line. Meredith was especially stingy. Pass rush wasn’t bad, although often not necessary, the way KSU was bailing on check downs.
LINEBACKER: A- David had the best game of his young career. Dejon Gomes probably spent more than half of the game at a linebacker spot and held up surprisingly well for his size. NU appears to have an answer at this position that is a little unconventional, but effective.
SECONDARY: B+ A bit leaky on the opening two drives, but the Husker safeties and corners did a solid job of spiking down to tackle Daniel Thomas. The coverage improved in the second half significantly.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C- Alex Henery was his usual excellent self, nailing two field goals and having a 42-yard net punting average. The kickoff coverage unit, however, was very poor as was kickoff return. NU’s special teams will get a nice tongue lashing this week, we suspect.
GAME MANAGEMENT/PLAYCALLING: A- We liked the offensive plan through and through, especially the balance early in the game. On defense, the Brothers Pelini got a little cute with the blitzes early, but righted the ship by the game’s third KSU drive.
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