LINCOLN — When a 4-month-old lab pup bolts from the back seat of a pickup, he wants to explore everything with abandon. He's eager to please — once you get his attention. And, boy, can he run. He may not be ready for a pheasant hunt — and he may tromp on the tomato plants — but he'll swipe a few bluejays out of the sky, too.
When Nebraska's young defense emerges from its 30-day “zero-distraction” chamber into a Memorial Stadium louder, bigger and more magnificent than it's ever been, expect wide-eyed grins, flashy plays and blunders. And if there aren't many of the latter, the Huskers are headed for my Associated Press top 10 soon, for they'd be way ahead of where logic tells you they should be.