Well Gang, September finally arrived and the Huskers put on a pretty good show against WKU. I saw a lot to look forward to this year, but a couple things that definitely need improving on.
First off, having TMart start was a great idea. I have been saying that it was Zac's job to lose, and if the showing on Saturday night is an indication of what we have for depth at QB, it could happen. I'm not going to spout all the stats, because we all either watched it on TV or were there, but having a QB that is as quick as TMart and can throw pretty well reminded me of Crouch. I can't remember how many times i said it during the game, but there were some flash backs that weren't too hard to live with!
Green even looked good with his limited appearance. He threw well and moved in the pocket and overall, looked like a real QB. I've never really gotten on the bandwagon that he is the next great leader of our offense, but he is going to be a great filler for a change of pace guy.
Now for Zac... With what we know of his ability from last year, and his Holiday Bowl numbers, I expected him to come out HOT! He didn't get a lot of playing time, but he didn't look like he was comfortable. It could have been the fact that he didn't get the start, and I don't think that he is completely on board with the whole "Competition" thing that Bo has for ALL positions. Hell, I'm not all that comfortable with it! I think that if ANY position HAS to know who the guy is going to be for the season, it is the QB post. The mentality, game preparation, and swagger for a team is it's confidence that they know who is going to lead them. If no leader is chosen, there is a rudderless ship that has no direction. The coach makes the decisions, but he's not in the huddle. I think that whether it's Zac or TMart, Bo needs to decide where he is going with the Offense and stick to that decision.
The RB's are back to work. They all looked good. I still worry about Helu's size and the pounding he takes, but overall I think that position will carry us well. Burkhead is still a horse and will be a threat all season, barring injury.
Defensively, I was not impressed. Allowing a 155 yard rusher is just not acceptable. I lost count of how many missed tackles there were by the D-line. No pressure, except for 1 sack allowed too many holes for RB's and they made use of them. Nobody was wrapping up on their tackles and overall just looked like they hadn't really come to play. Getting 3 and outs against a team that has lost 21 straight games should come easily for the previously #9 rush defense team in the country... let alone the #9 currently ranked team in the nation.
It was a good tune up game, and that is pretty much what this and next weeks contests should be. We have some improvements to make and with Bo and Carl leading the team, I have no doubt that the necessary changes will be dealt with.