Nebraska head football coach Mike Riley spoke for a few minutes on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. He spent time previewing Saturday’s upcoming matchup against Ohio State under the lights in Lincoln. Here are the highlights.
+ Running back Devine Ozigbo is a veteran player who has played well in the past, but he is stepping up for them now at the right time.
+ The Ohio State offense is “certainly so versatile” and they are getting more productive as the season goes on. “It presents all of the challenges you’d ever want.”
+ The resources and passion at Nebraska are enough to make them a national power again. “It’s hungry for all of that.” They have to have a real foundation of what they want to do on the field, and then you have to recruit like crazy. When Nebraska was great, they recruited great. You have to have a recruiting plan. There are two or three in-state guys per year that are good enough to be Huskers, then they have about a 500-mile radius in Big Ten territory that are driveable places for unofficial visits. Half of the recruiting classes the last couple of years have come from that radius. California and Texas are also part of the plan because they do recruit nationally.
+ Riley said it’s good to play at home in this game, but “this is a team with a veteran quarterback that is hitting on all cylinders” so venue may not matter. This will be good for the Huskers to be challenged like this against another great group of athletes.
+ Asked about Tyquan Lewis, Riley said he is quick and strong. He knows exactly what he’s doing and he does it quickly and with passion. He looks like the veteran he is. He brings a confidence to the defense that is built by his experience and he uses it to elevate himself and the team.
+ Nick Bosa comes to play every play. You just love football players like that, but they’re hard to play against.