Originally Posted by Evenrude
I was at the game on Saturday.... my observations.
First of all the weather was horrible. It was 96 degrees at kickoff and as humid of a day as I can remember... not that that had an influence on the game but it did on me after pounding several Budweisers before the game. I also noticed a lot of cramps..... for both teams.
The Special Teams looked good. NU was near the bottom last year in yards per return, but you could tell they had spent a lot of time working on it and they almost took one to the house. Cogdon looked very good for a freshman K starting his first game. The only black spot on this squad was the missed extra point. GRADE: B+
The Offense reminded me somewhat of Denvers last year. The moved the ball well but seemed to self destruct in the red zone. Cory Ross ran tentitivly and never seemed to get his rhythm. Taylor did some good things, but looked indecisive in the pocket at times. The recieving core had several drops some of which were very costly. The two bright spots were Taylors touch on the deep ball and Marlon Lucky, who always seemed to fall forward for positive yardage. GRADE: D+
The Defense looked dominant throughout the game. The D-line has some horses up front. That is the deepest, most talented part of the team. The LBs looked good especially Corey McKeon who looks like a faster version of Barrett Rudd. The secondary was solid, but lacks depth. The lone Maine TD came on a play when both starting CBs were out of the game with cramps.... if they lose one or two of the top 3 CBs that secondary will be swiss cheese. GRADE: A-
Rude, I got the pay per view of the game last Saturday. I thought the most dissapointing aspect of the game was the offensive line. I don't know where their heads were at? They just looked like they were going thru the motions. And damn near got Taylor killed a couple of plays. I thought Taylor actually played pretty well for his first game. Especially well in the 1st half where he was 12/15 and 150 yrds or so. It looked like he started to freelance somewhat the 2nd half. Because on replays they showed receivers that were open that he didn't see. Some of it caused because Maine constantly was blitzing every down. The offensive line couldn't ****ing block anyone, run or pass because they weren't mentally prepared to play. They went in with a preseason attitude. Which hopefully got the **** kicked out of them at practice this week. But back to Taylor. Plus the fact he had about 6-7 balls that were prefectly thrown and were flat out dropped by the receivers. To be fair Leflore and Fluellen weren't playing. Nunn shouldn't drop any like that. Hardy played with him last yr in JC. The Blackshirts were nothing short of awesome. Granted it was Maine but Maine couldn't do jack all day(145 total yrds). Plus 12 sacks. I don't care who you are, or play, 12 sacks is pretty impressive!!. It was sad to see Octavian go down. He looked like a beast. But at least he'll be back for 2 more years. I'm sure he's going to medical hardship this year. I don't know what was up with the run game or lack thereof. It was sad to watch. Which brings us back to the main cause of Nebraska's unimpressive showing. Nebraska's Oline. Callahan better light a bonfire under their collective asses this week.
Bottom line Nebraska beats Wake Forrest this week by 21.
Blackshirts continue to be impressive. Top 10 defense this year.
?? Work in progress still.