All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.

On Saturday's episode, Adam shares his immediate reaction to the Huskers' 35-21 victory against South Alabama, straight from the field at Memorial Stadium.

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Here's a transcript from today's show:

Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we take the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital. I'm standing here at Memorial Stadium as people file out of the Huskers' first game. My gut reaction to the Huskers' first game: Honestly a little bit underwhelming. I think Husker fans were looking for more, excited to see more. You could see that there's some things that need to be ironed out, some things that just aren't as crisp.

The O-line clearly needs to improve, get a little bit better. You look at the penalty that gave South Alabama an extra 15 yards, a first down, lead to their first score. There was a long pass play to Wan'Dale Robinson called back by an illegal motion, just little things here and there.

The passing game just didn't seem to be on point today. Adrian Martinez struggled today. So watching him, it almost looked like he didn't want to run a little bit. This is the first game, he's still a young quarterback, I hear about all this hype, keep all that in mind. But based on what I saw today, he was hesitant to pass and he wasn't quite as explosive running. I'm assuming he's completely healthy and good to go. I hope the hype isn't getting to him and frankly, I hope he ignores all that BS. You know, just line up and do your thing. Play fast, hit hard when you run with the ball and have fun, that be my advice to Adrian.

It's Game 1. You expect to see things like this. There's more things like this that Husker fans really wanted to see. In fact, South Alabama looked crisper then we did and thank the Lord Almighty for three non-offensive touchdowns. The Blackshirts produced two, the special teams produced one, although we did have the muffed punt as well. There's just things that clearly need to be worked on. Things that clearly need to be improved upon. Things you would expect in the first game way more than you would hope for.

Like I said, a team like South Alabama, it's their first game too. They came in here, a place they're probably not used to playing in front of this many people, and they were cleaner. They were crisper, they had more rushing yards, they had more total yards than the Huskers, they had less penalty yards. The Huskers, what you see though: You see the effort, you see the culture is changing, you see guys flying to the ball on defense.

So with everything I've said, the one thing you can take away, as frustrating as this might be for some Husker fans, is that these things are fixable. They can be worked on, they can be improved upon. The effort is there the culture is changing. Its Game 1, usually the biggest improvement comes from Game 1 to Game 2. I can't wait to see you in Boulder, Colorado.

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