Out of the mouths of babes comes the identity of the Nebraska offense.
It appears to be a spread or spread option. That’s according to Birmingham, Ala., running back Ameer Abdullah, who told the Birmingham News that Bo Pelini shared his vision of the future of Nebraska’s offense; a spread option to take advantage of Taylor Martinez’s speed. The article also implied a move away from power football and toward Oregon’s offense.
This is starting to make sense. NU already secured a commitment from Texas scatback Aaron Green, while big back Dontrayevous Robinson just left for Montana State. Abdullah, who hasn’t committed, would give Nebraska more speed in the backfield.
This will raise eyebrows from the crowd that thinks NU has to bulk up and go big, with an I-formation fullback, to win in the Big Ten. But think about it: Former NU defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove had a big linebacker mentality from the Big Ten and he had no idea what to do with the Big 12 spreads, particularly Kansas’ spread and spread option.
Michigan led the Big Ten in offense last year (488.7 yards per game) with a spread. The Wolverines’ problem was a porous, last-place defense.
Don’t know what this would mean for offensive coordinator Shawn Watson or if running back coach Tim Beck, who learned the spread at Kansas, would be more involved. Pelini did not return phone calls Monday.
But if it means the official end of the virus known as the West Coast offense at NU, we can all throw a parade.
It’s time for progress at the Devaney Center to be judged by wins and there’s no time like the present: Colorado, Texas Tech and Texas A&M are games Nebraska can win. Sure, the Buffs and A&M are white hot, but if you’re better, you win those games. A move up the Big 12 ladder is there for the taking this year. The next three games are Doc’s fork in the road. And, like Yogi said, if you come to a fork in the road, take it.
I hate to think where Creighton would be without Doug McDermott this season.
Dean Blais’ young UNO hockey lads are hitting the first-year, midseason wall. I’m sure that Dean’s buddies up in North Dakota will take pity on him.
So last Thursday at the Outland Trophy banquet, Mayor Jim Suttle said that an outdoor pro soccer team is “knocking on our door.” And here I thought that he was trying to avoid a recall.
Love the statue of Johnny Orr at Hilton Coliseum. The only thing better would have been to have Orr’s statue appear to yell into the ear of a statue of ref Woody Mayfield.
Contrary to popular opinion, Rex Ryan is not my long-lost twin brother. But I’m a Ryan fan. How can you not like a coach who puts himself out on the chopping block and then delivers? The Jets coach is good for the game, good copy. In that sense, we’re kindred spirits.
Does Cam Newton still have that smirk on his face?
Dana Altman did not look good for some reason after Oregon beat USC on TV last week. He looked like he either saw a ghost — or the new Ducks’ basketball court.
The new DJ’s Dugout across from Qwest Center Omaha looks like a great addition to that area. The TVs are amazing. You can see who’s playing from a block away.
It says here Joe Moglia will be a smart choice for the Omaha Nighthawks. Moglia will be a visible and vocal salesman for the franchise in the community. He knows a thing or two about football, too. How will he match up against Jim Fassel and Jay Gruden? I think that’s a little overrated. Coaching can’t be as big a factor in the UFL, where you don’t have the players for very long. Of more importance is player personnel, and that’s Rick Mueller’s area. I wonder if the Nighthawks will go younger this year. Young and hungry seems to work in that league.
Omaha’s sports talk machine, KOZN, just got better with the addition of Jim Rome, sandwiched between “Schick and Nick’’ (8 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and “Unsportsmanlike Conduct’’ (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) beginning Feb. 1. Rome plays well in Omaha. It’s a good move.
I have one thing to say about Packers vs. Bears with the Super Bowl on the line: AWESOME. They say this is the first time the old relics have played each other in a playoff game since 1941. But all those years, especially the Lombardi-Halas years, those games just felt like playoff contests.
The education continues. Looks as if I’ll have two daughters playing soccer this spring. This not only confirms that God is a woman, but also She is a soccer mom.
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