LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s leading tackler finally received his Blackshirt on Tuesday.
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker said the first two weeks of this season have shown that junior safety Kieron Williams is for real.
“You earn (a Blackshirt) with results, yes, but everything combined, your attitude off and on the field, and he’s made a case for himself,” Banker said.
Williams has 15 tackles and two interceptions this season. He’s now the 14th Huskers defensive player to be given a Blackshirt this year.
Other news and notes from practice:
- Linebackers coach Trent Bray said familiarity with Oregon helps with game planning. Most of the Nebraska staff was on coach Mike Riley’s staff at Oregon State, so they know their opponent pretty well. “We know how fast they really go and what they do and who they are, so that part is good,” Bray said.
- There really isn’t one spot on a defense the high-flying Oregon offense stresses most, Bray said. They stress everything. “They have great running backs. They have great speed in skill positions. They just stress you with space and make you make space tackles and make your angles change,” Bray said.
- Bray said he thinks Oregon quarterback Dakota Prukop is a good player and getting better with the offense each week.
- Defensive coordinator Mark Banker thinks the entire Oregon offense revolves around the quarterback, and that Prukop will be a main focus of the Huskers defense. “The key to the whole offense is the QB. They’ve always been best when the QB knows the ins and outs of the offense.”
- Senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey said this week isn’t about who Oregon is, it’s about who Nebraska is. “It’s about Saturday, 60 minutes,” Rose-Ivey said.
- Rose-Ivey said Oregon running back Royce Freeman will probably be the best running back the Huskers see all season. “He’s not really a punisher but he’s really, really good taking big hits and bouncing out of contact so it really forces us linebackers to really tackle well in space.”