Nebraska football will look for their second win in a row against Georgia Southern. Led by former USC coach Clay Helton, one particular aspect of their game will be something Nebraska football needs watch out for.
They have a competent quarterback in Kyle Vantrease. He threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns in the team’s win over Morgan State last weekend. The leading wide receiver in that game was Sam Kenerson with 99 yards. Khaleb Hood and Jeremy Singleton had 88 and 60 yards respectively.
Why are these statistics important? Simply put, Georgia Southern can pass the ball, and Nebraska football and the secondary needs to be ready for it.
Nebraska currently has given up six opposing touchdowns on the season . They also have allowed 413 yards per contest. In particular, the secondary and the pass rush are two areas that have left a lot to be desired. Both of these areas feed off one another, and since neither have been performing, the defense has been abysmal.
Nebraska football should be able to take care of business against Georgia Southern. However, the secondary needs to be on top of its game. It seems like the secondary has really struggled at times. They have allowed opposing teams to gain chunks of yardage with completely blown coverage and a lack of speed. Communication on the field has been lacking.
Missed assignments and miscommunication cannot happen on Saturday. Georgia Southern will take advantage of those mistakes if given the opportunity. It doesn’t matter to me that they may be viewed as an easier opponent. These are the types of games that need to take advantage of if you’re Nebraska. Good habits start in these games.
These types of games are dress rehearsals for bigger games. Oklahoma is coming into town next week. They will not let the secondary get away with the mistakes that they have been making over the course of the last couple of games.
The secondary needs to have a strong showing. If nothing else, they need to build confidence heading into next week’s contest with the Sooners. A strong showing will at least give me hope that the secondary has signs of life.