Nebraska coach Mike Riley answered a few questions about the defense, Sam Foltz and the upcoming showdown against Wyoming this weekend during his teleconference on Tuesday. Here were Riley’s responses:
On Wyoming QB Josh Allen:
Riley: We have a lot of respect for him. I went over the game film with the defensive coaches (Monday) and they were taking about his arm and athletic ability and his ability to make things happen by moving in the pocket and getting out of the pocket to make some plays. He’s a big guy and he combines athleticism with a strong arm.
On the rush defense:
Riley: I think we were very sound up front. I think our front four defensive linemen played well and then I thought the next level, the linebackers and the low safety when we had it, those guys were all playing hard and playing well. I really liked how we hustled to the ball — there was a good feel defensively. And now we’re just looking for growth through game experience.
On if honoring Sam Foltz can bring team together:
Riley: Well, something like that is kind of a lifetime-changing event in some ways. And each individual handles it and learns from it differently.
I think through this everyone gains an appreciation for their friends and family and their teammates. It was … a great event on Saturday honoring Sam for the whole state. Everyone there in this state was rocked by that and for the family to be there, I thought Fresno State handled it tremendously well and participated in it. And it’s just one of those things that was, for me, that was a trademark of how people treat their own in Nebraska.