Tom's Takes: Players take a knee; praise for Bruce Read; Ryan Field's sandy splotches

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong makes a throw on the move in the fourth quarter.

Three quick takes from World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel following Nebraska's 24-13 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

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Taking a knee

I don’t agree with kneeling during the national anthem, but I respect the right of Michael Rose-Ivey, Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal to make a statement. My hope for all athletes, and people in general, doing this is that they respect the flag and anthem and understand that the flag and anthem represent their freedom to do that. That’s a tricky thing, and why I think there has to be a better way to make that statement.

Field goal defense

Bruce Read takes a lot of guff, but how about his field goal defense? Nebraska opponents are 2 for 6 on field goals this year, plus a missed extra point that hit the upright on Saturday night. Northwestern’s fake field-goal attempt was snuffed out by Husker defenders, as if they knew it was coming. Way to go, Bruce.

Field a mess

I know Northwestern University can grow grass, because luscious green lawns are everywhere you look on this beautiful campus. There is not one at Ryan Field, however. There was no danger of the grass being too high — the field was a mess.

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