LINCOLN, Neb. — The biggest focal point for the Nebraska offense over the past 12 months has been cutting down on interceptions. And though senior QB Tommy Armstrong’s interceptions have gone down, Nebraska coach Mike Riley wants more consistency.
“We certainly don’t like turning the ball over but at the same time, Tommy has made a ton of plays, and has cut down in that area and that’s really about decision making and split section decision making,” Riley said during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “And he’s very conscious of it.”
Armstrong has thrown 7 interceptions and 11 touchdowns this season. Riley said on Tuesday that while he is not overly concerned about Armstrong’s play, he still wants to cut down on the mistakes.
“We’re getting some good plays,” Riley said. “We just have to be a little more consistent in it and try and cut down as best we can the turnovers.”
This weekend’s game at Ohio State will showcase a quarterback battle between the No. 9 Huskers and No. 6 Buckeyes. Ohio State senior J.T. Barrett is second in the Big Ten in total offense has 17 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions this season.
“I think that they lead the league in total offense so to me as I watch film it’s pretty impressive,” Riley said of the Buckeyes.
But he did add that while Nebraska hasn’t played a mobile quarterback like Barrett this year, practicing against Armstrong in fall camp has given his defense some practice.
“I think as you reflect back to spring ball and too fall camp when we do a lot of interaction with our first strings against each other, we spent a lot of time defensively with some of the same basic fundamental parts of versatile quarterbacks,” Riley said. “So we hope that we get that work in those times with our best players going against each other, one of our big goals there is to make it not seem so unfamiliar when you’re playing a guy like J.T. all of a sudden. Hopefully there’s some carryover.”