Rapid Reaction: Walters likes shorter week, Chinander does not; Spielman update

November 21, 2018

Nebraska continues preparations for Black Friday at Iowa. With the shorter week, coaches from both sides of the ball met with the media Tuesday. Here were some highlights:

* Nebraska offensive coordinator Troy Walters said sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman remains limited in practice and is day-to-day.

* Iowa’s style of play on defense is very similar to what the Huskers saw Saturday against Michigan State.

“Very stout up front,” Walters said Tuesday. “Got 6-7, 6-6, 6-7 D-linemen. They’re aggressive, active, they create pressure. They really want to create pressure with four guys. And then on the back end, they’re very sound. They don’t do a lot, but what they do, they do well.”

* NU running backs coach Ryan Held said the Husker offense will need to counter Iowa’s length up front. “They’re just such a well-coached team,” he said. “They know where they need to be. They’ve run the same defense for many years and tweaked it. That’s a program that has 20 years ahead of us in terms of their system.”

* Playing a game in a shorter week: Walters likes it.

“I like shorter weeks because you get to play sooner and our guys are at a point on offense where we know what we’re doing,” he said. “We know the plays, we know the system.”

Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, however, doesn’t like the shorter week.

“The guys love the game, I love the game, too,” Chinander said. “But Saturday is for the boys. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, those are my days, so when I miss a day, I don’t like that very much. But I know it’s good to get a (Friday) game after Thanksgiving.”

* Antonio Reed was sporting a No. 25 Blackshirt when meeting with reporters on Tuesday.

“It was exciting for me, but I think the most excitement came from my brothers and my teammates around me, and that just made feel basically welcomed at home,” the senior safety said.

* Tanner Farmer was named the Huskers’ offensive lineman of the week. He played his best game as a Husker, offensive line coach Greg Austin said.

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