The junior-college transfer has been a bright spot on the Nebraska defense through three games, providing some of the Huskers' best pass-rushing pressure. The defensive end acknowledged Monday that he hasn't brought a quarterback down yet, however, and said his teammates have taken to calling him “the sackless wonder.”
Q: Is the confidence of the defense a concern at all right now?
A: That last game hurt us a little bit, but I think the first half helped us more than what the second half did. I think the first half showed us what we're capable of. And I don't think we really saw that in the first and second games of the season. So I know it was a real big confidence boost for myself to see how we played in the first half and I think that will help us out in the games to come.
Q: So when you go back and watch film do you focus more on the good in the first half or dissect the bad in the second?
A: Both. I look at what we did wrong, the big plays and things like that. And I know what I did well on some plays, so I look at that at the end. But I think we have to focus more on what we did bad, because we're getting closer to Big Ten play and the big plays and the mental errors and the little things we're doing wrong with technique. We can't keep doing that.
Q: You're a fairly new guy still at this level but you're actually surrounded by a lot of guys who are younger than you. Did you try to do more talking Saturday, and is that something you'll do more in the weeks ahead?
A: I think I need to do more — I think we all do — but I helped out a little bit. There were a few guys that had their head down. I tried to pick 'em up. But at that point there's only so much you can say. You've got to go out there and perform. You've got to do what you do on the field.
Q: Any of the reaction since the loss to UCLA catch you off guard at all, since you're new to the program?
A: Not really. Especially talking to my dad, he knows how the (message) boards are, the fans are, and all that. And Bo tells us to keep away from the newspaper and reading all that stuff. But I knew what I was getting into committing here, and that's one of the reasons I came here is because the fans love our program so much, and they expect so much from our program.
Q: Your thoughts on waiting for that first sack?
A: It's a little frustrating, but I know it will come eventually. As long as I keep giving the effort I'm giving and keep taking in the coaching, it's only a matter of time. I've gotten to the quarterback a lot, just a step late.
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