The Nebraska football team practiced for just less than two hours on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields on Monday in preparation for its Saturday night matchup with Michigan. Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck spoke to the media following practice and said he was proud of the way the Huskers responded during the fourth quarter in Saturday’s 29-28 victory over Northwestern.
“Our expectations are that they should play the whole game like that,” Beck said. “They showed the resolve, they showed the focus and the ability to go out and everybody executed. We made blocks, we made throws, we made catches – everything we’ve asked our guys to do, there’s no reason why they can’t do that all the time. We were very fortunate to get out of there with the win.”
Beck added that he thought quarterback Taylor Martinez played a good game the whole way through.
“He ran the ball well and made good decisions with the football,” Beck said. “He knew when to tuck it down and run. He was looking for throws down the field. I thought he did a lot of really good things. He bounced back really strong and we’ve got to have that play from him consistently throughout the year for us to be able to be successful.”
Beck also said that he expects a tough challenge from the Michigan defense on Saturday night.
“They are very good,” Beck said. “They are well-coached and very talented. They do a good job. We have to be on our A game for sure.”
Additionally, Beck said that Michigan’s defense has gained more experience since last year, which will pose a threat.
“They know how people are trying to attack them, they’ve learned, their package has grown, they’ve done more things out of it. They are veteran players and they are playing really well together right now. They seem to have kind of found a gear that they play really well in. They run hard to the football. You can see it in the film.”
Beck added that senior I-back Rex Burkhead did not practice on Monday and said he’s day to day.
“He’s been doing a lot of working out and running,” Beck said. “But as far as what we did today, he wasn’t out there very long.”
The Huskers face the Wolverines on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.