3 things you’ll learn quickly about the NU offense and defense Saturday

August 31, 2018 GMT


Slotting receivers: There are so many options beyond Stanley Morgan in the receiving corps. Who makes the regular rotation? How does Frost feed the backfield and also involve Tyjon Lindsey, Mike Williams, Jaron Woodyard and Miles Jones? Who gets the first shot at a regular role?

Backfield roles: A similar thought to the receiving group. How about the electric freshman Maurice Washington? Greg Bell was Nebraska’s best running back coming out of spring ball. Is he still? Is he still in the top two?

QB trust: In 2017, Central Florida was 50/50 run/pass with dynamic sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton. But NU will be run-heavy if it has to be. How much will Frost open up the playbook early in the season? That will be the true test of how the Huskers feel about their quarterback.ABOUT THE DEFENSERush crew: With several options on the defensive line and at outside linebacker, who will be on the field the first time Chinander dials up a blitz in a sure passing situation? Does he rely on two outside backers? Three? The mixing and matching will be fun to watch.How much better? Much of the fall camp talk centered around increased competition in the secondary. The nonconference schedule doesn’t feature any top-flight passing offenses, but any change will likely still be apparent quickly.Turnover time: In 2017, UCF forced 32 turnovers in 13 games. The Huskers forced 12 in 12. Yikes. That led to the worst turnover margin in the Big Ten. Frost this month called turnovers “the most important stat in football.” Chinander hangs his hat on them. So, where are they going to come from?