The Husker defense will face a critical test this week on the road at Michigan. The Blackshirts are on a collision course with some impressive numbers from the Wolverine attack.
A concern for NU going into this week’s matchup with Michigan is how the defense will play against the ultra-dynamic pro-style offense the Wolverines run.
Led behind junior star quarterback Devin Garner, who has thrown for 1,989 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, the Michigan offense poses a huge threat toward the Blackshirt defense.
Leading receiver Jeremy Gallon, a senior from Apopka, Florida., is another player to keep your eye on during the game Saturday. Gallon has caught 50 balls this year for 898 yards with seven touchdowns.
With all that production, Husker Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis knows the Blackshirts need to keep a close eye on Gallon.
“We have a ton of respect for him. He is one of the best players in this league obviously and we know what he is capable of doing,” Papuchis said. “We are definitely going to have our hands full. We have a lot of respect for what they do but I like our plans and I think we will be ready to roll.”
While the challenge is in place, Papuchis said he thinks the Husker motivation is intact as well. “I think they are excited to go on the road and play a big game in Michigan,” he said.
You might remember a key interception return for a touchdown in this past week’s game against Northwestern by redshirt freshman Avery Moss. Not only has Moss been making big plays, he has been catching the eyes of the Nebraska coaching staff recently.
“The thing about Avery is this is really his first true year of being healthy and playing a full year of football,” Papuchis said. “He hasn’t played a whole year yet, he keeps getting better every day. He is kind of one of those guys who hasn’t really scratched the surface of what he could potentially be. He brings it every day and works hard at practice.”
The Huskers will face Michigan on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.