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2009 Nov 03

Rattling Landry's Cage

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Ndamukong Suh won't lie. After Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford shredded Nebraska's defense last year for 311 yards and five touchdown in a 62-28 win, the senior defensive tackle was looking forward to a rematch with the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner.

With a severe, season-ending injury his throwing shoulder, Bradford's 2009 campaign never got off the ground.

“I'm sorry he got hurt,” Suh said. “I'd love to go against him.”

In Bradford's stead is redshirt freshman Landry Jones, who grown steadily, Suh said, in his handful of starts, particularly in the last two weeks, when he's thrown for 546 yards and six touchdowns in wins over Kansas and Kansas State.

“There's not much of a drop off,” Suh said. “He doesn't have the hype, the great accolades and the opportunity Sam Bradford did. But, if he wasn't a good player and a great guy that fit their offense, he wouldn't be out there. He just didn't get a chance to evolve into his own person.”

Suh's interior linemate, Jared Crick – who set a school record with five sacks in Saturday's win over Baylor – said Jones has been making “good decisions” with the ball and running OU's offense much like Bradford did.

Although Jones is young, Crick said, he doesn't seem easy to rattle. That doesn't mean Nebraska's front four won't try.

“Get after the quarterback, get in his head, and force indecision on his part,” Crick said.

Crick and Suh have combined for 98 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 13 sacks already this year. NU's front line forced Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith from the game for lack of production, hobbled Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert into a poor performance, knocked Texas Tech's Steven Sheffield out for the season with a broken foot, and sacked Baylor's Nick Florence seven times. Only two mobile quarterbacks – Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor and Iowa State's Jerome Tiller – have largely escaped a thorough punishing.

“We want to rattle any quarterback we go against,” Suh said. “Our fans can help us with that, but the majority has to do with us in the front four. If we can, we want to get in his face and make him uncomfortable.”

Tags: ndamukong suh, jared crick, landry jones, oklahoma game

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