Tim Marlowe has a pretty predictable response for what Nebraska players think of operating in a no-huddle offense: “We love it. We get a lot more plays off.”
The no-huddle has been among the most significant changes for the Huskers with Tim Beck’s move from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. It’s something that Beck was a part of at Kansas, highlighted by the success of the Jayhawks’ offense in 2007.
A year ago, Nebraska ran 916 total plays for an average of 65.4 offensive snaps per game. Marlowe, a junior receiver, can see that increasing dramatically in 2011.
“I don’t know if we’ve talked about a certain amount, but definitely we’re going to get a lot more plays off,” Marlowe said. “I know teams like Oklahoma and that, that ran the no-huddle last year, they were getting about 100 a game.
“Huge difference. Just a lot more opportunities for your play-makers to make plays and really keep the defense on edge, don’t give them a second to breathe. And I think that’s what our offense is about.”
Marlowe said Beck talks about the no-huddle as the offense “having the hammer.”
“We have the last choice in what to do,” Marlowe said. “We always want to see what the defense is going to do. We see if they’re going to blitz. If they’re going to blitz, we’re going to check out of it and throw the ball. We always have the last call, and I think that’s a great thing.”