Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander met with reporters following the Husker’s practice Tuesday morning.
The subject at hand was the Blackshirts’ second half collapse they had against the Buffaloes on Saturday. After shutting out CU in the first half, Nebraska’s defense began to miss tackles and suffered breakdowns in coverage that allowed Colorado to get back in the game, and ultimately win it.
Chinander said that fatigue might’ve played a part in the breakdown, but that was far from the only reason.
“There was not a sense of urgency to get lined up. There was not a sense of urgency to get lined up. There was not a sense of urgency to make calls. We just didn’t have that killer instinct, in the end.”
Ultimately though, Chinander said that there’s no point in lingering on those mistakes.
“You can’t let a loss beat you twice,” Chinander said. “You’ve got to be able to watch the film, learn from the film on Sunday or Monday and then move on… I don’t really want to be talking about it today. I have to, unfortunately, but I want those guys focused on the next one. We have to move on.”
Nebraska will take on Northern Illinois this Saturday. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. but coverage will begin at 2 p.m. on KLIN.
In other news and notes from Tuesday’s practice:
- There will be an ongoing position battle at placekicker between punters Isaac Armstrong and William Prystup, according to outside linebackers/special teams coach, Jovan Dewitt. Dewitt said that last week, Armstrong won out, after performing better than Przystup in the series of competition situations they were put in.
- Starting placekicker Barrett Pickering is not likely to play this Saturday. He was not in pads during practice.
- Like his teammates Jack Stoll, freshman linebacker Garrett Nelson has cut off his mullet following NU’s loss to Colorado on Saturday.