Five things we learned and five things we still don’t know coming out of Saturday's Husker victory over Southern Miss.
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WHAT WE LEARNED
1. For all its problems defensively, Nebraska has been consistent with stopping the run. That potentially could serve it well against several Big Ten opponents.
2. It’s OK to give and/or pass the football to your fullback.
3. Wasted opportunities in the red zone are nice for your kicker, not so much for your offense.
4. Whatever the adjustment after the first game, Drew Brown made it and moved on. It’s what good kickers do.
5. Backup linebackers Chris Weber and Marcus Newby have been up to the challenge when given opportunities in September. Big help with the injuries to Josh Banderas, Michael Rose-Ivey and Dedrick Young.
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WHAT WE DON'T KNOW
1. Can this Husker defense somehow find a way to weed out the big plays after allowing seven more passes of 25 or more yards against Southern Miss?
2. What kind of confidence or momentum does Nebraska have going into the Big Ten season? September dealt the Huskers plenty of reasons to doubt themselves.
3. Is this defensive unit capable of creating some takeaways more consistently? A well-timed turnover or two might help stop some of the bleeding when things aren’t going well.
4. Seriously, what’s up with the penalties? Saturday was the Huskers’ third game with 12, and now a total of 45 in four games.
5. How much can Freedom Akinmoladun build off some of his recent work? There’s an obvious upside for the defensive end, a redshirt freshman who was working at tight end last season.