LINCOLN, Neb. — With the injuries on the offensive line piling up, this time with sophomore Tanner Farmer, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said after practice that the line is still being pieced together for the game Saturday against Illinois.
Since LG Jerald Foster’s season-ending injury in August, Langsdorf said the line has had a great “next man up” mentality. He expects that to help with the formation of a new offensive line.
“It’s rare you’ll go through a season and not have some bumps and bruises,” Langsdorf said. “So I think Corey (Whitaker) and Sam (Hahn) have filled in nicely for Tanner and (others). They’ve done a nice job of coming to work and continuing to play.”
In terms of how the line will look against Illinois, Langsdorf just replied, “You’ll see.” He said quite a few players are being considered to fill Farmer’s spot. Then there are linemen who could move to other spots, which would affect other positions on the line.
Hahn has played both right and left guard, Langsdorf said, so he could move into Farmer’s position. Or the team might fill it with freshman Boe Wilson. Or sophomore Cole Conrad. Or Whitaker, who took over for Farmer after he was injured during the Northwestern game.
“We have a lot of options but we’re trying to kind of sort that out right now,” Langsdorf said.
Other notes from practice:
- The factor Langsdorf considers the most when critiquing senior QB Tommy Armstrong is decision making. A little of it is accuracy, but mostly Langsdorf considers Armstrong’s passing and playmaking decisions. And for the most part, Langsdorf likes what he’s seen: “He’s cut down the turnovers, which has been a key for us.”
- Langsdorf said he has not looked at the Illinois tape because of the new staff: “With a whole new defensive staff or the whole deal, we don’t spend much time on it.”
- Both Illinois defensive ends could cause problems, Langsdorf said. He thinks the Illini’s front seven are better overall: “Our biggest challenge will be blocking the defensive line.”