McKewon: If guts hold up, Bo Pelini has pieces for Husker 'D' to shine

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Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — As Nebraska's question-filled defense departs for its mission to the planet Multiplicity this training camp, let's set aside the usual 4-3 vs. 3-4 alignment discussions for a second.

Look at the two defensive line spots right in the guts of this thing. Call them the “guts two.” One guy lined up on the inside half of the one offensive guards. One guy on the outside half of the opposite guard. Bo Pelini and his position coach, Rick Kaczenski, have to find some combination-rotation of players who can, when Nebraska wants to run some semblance of its base defense, resist the meat grinder on run plays and push the blockers back into the face of the quarterback on pass plays. Whatever it takes, there's Job No. 1, finding these guys. Wisconsin used double teams to blast Cameron Meredith into his own teammates in last year's Big Ten title game. That can't happen this November.

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