The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours in half pads on the Ed and Joyce Grass practice facility Monday afternoon, as the Huskers began preparations for Saturday’s game against Arkansas State. Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis addressed the media after practice, as the Huskers look for defensive improvement following Saturday’s 36-30 loss at UCLA.
“We can either learn from the mistakes and get better, or we will have the repeat of Saturday night, but as a staff that is not in the equation.” Papuchis said, “The players want to be better, and we are going to be better.”
Papuchis noted that the Huskers need to continue to work on third-down defense, so the high powered NU offense can get onto the field.
“For us to have success on third down, we need to win first and second down. It all goes hand in hand,” Papuchis said. “For us, a winning situation is third and six.”
One of the ways Huskers will look to improve defensively is to try different combinations in order to put a quicker defensive unit on the field.
“We want to get a little bit faster. Team speed is something that has been lacking, so we want to get some of our faster guys onto the field.” Papuchis said, “Everybody is in the equation. If we have to work 24 hours a day for the next seven days, or really for the next three months, we are going to figure it out.”
Arkansas State Red Wolves come to Lincoln this Saturday. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 at 11 a.m.