Nebraska lost a commit for its 2013 class — one who appeared most solid heading into the winter.
Lincoln Southwest defensive end Christian LaCouture, who moved from Texas this fall and intended to enroll at NU in January, will visit LSU for the Tigers' Nov. 3 game against Alabama. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder picked the Huskers over LSU and Michigan during the summer.
LaCouture told Big Red Report that he's “solid” in his decision — made last week — to decommit. Southwest lost its first-round playoff game 28-10 to Omaha North on Friday. LaCouture played some tackle and some end in the game.
He didn't respond Sunday to The World-Herald's texts or phone calls.
Nebraska now has 13 recruits in its 2013 class.
Abdullah gains momentum
Nebraska's reserve I-backs were supposed to get more work in the second half, but sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah was running too well.
Abdullah was cramping early and it took awhile for the offensive line to dissect Michigan's varied defensive fronts. Abdullah had 16 yards on eight carries at halftime.
But in the second half, the Huskers began working the edges and Abdullah started to get hot. His blockers made it even easier to find room.
“The timing was really good on our stretch plays,” Abdullah said. “I'd dip in and a crack block would be right on cue. That's what we needed. Execution.”
Running backs coach Ron Brown said Abdullah has a tendency to get stronger as the game progresses. It's why he stuck with Abdullah, instead of giving more snaps to freshman Imani Cross (who ended the game with two carries) or sophomore Braylon Heard (no carries).
Abdullah finished Nebraska's 23-9 win Saturday night with 101 rushing yards, the fourth time he's eclipsed the century mark this year. He leads the team with 716 rushing yards on the season and ranks third among Huskers with 17 receptions.
Linebacker Santos shines
The process continues for linebacker David Santos, but the redshirt freshman played enough and did enough Saturday night to give a taste of his potential.
Santos was credited with a team-high 10 tackles, including six solo stops. The 6-foot, 220-pounder from Spring, Texas, came into the game with six career tackles.
“He's really coming along,” NU senior linebacker Sean Fisher said. “He's kind of a guy that during camp you could tell he was right on the edge of really understanding and really having things quick, but there are still some concepts that are foggy.”
His play-making ability, however, is evident.
“He's an explosive athlete,” NU defensive coordinator John Papuchis said. “And that's probably the best thing he brings to the table.”
Lost it in the lights
The third-quarter pass that Jamal Turner never quite saw was reminiscent of one that Kenny Bell lost in the Rose Bowl lights when Nebraska lost to UCLA earlier this season.
NU had third-and-goal from the 2-yard line when Taylor Martinez was on target to Turner on a fade route, but the pass almost hit the sophomore in the helmet before he could get his hands up.
“It was just an unfortunate deal,” assistant Rich Fisher said. “He's looking up for the ball and he can't pick it up because he's looking in the lights. So, what do you do?”