Coordinators talk to media in preparation for North Dakota

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Nebraska’s offensive and defensive coordinators met with the media today ahead of Saturday’s home opener against North Dakota. If you remember, position coaches will not meet with the media this season. This is the first time these restrictions have been implemented with the Cornhusker coaching staff. However, all three coordinators will be able to talk with reporters in 2022. Things started with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple speaking, and he began by saying he likes what he sees from his team after returning to Lincoln from Ireland.

“We had a really good meeting on Sunday night, then practiced light on Monday, but they were flying around. Today we did some good things, put in some new stuff and checked on some stuff. We will get it cleaned up, but they have been really good.”

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On watching the game tape

“I was more encouraged than discouraged,” he said. “I told the guys, three quarters, 440 yards, averaged eight yards, four touchdowns, and one turnover that was shaky. Then the fourth quarter we did not finish. We were really good on third downs, and the fourth quarter we were 0-3. I thought what we did well was we started fast. The offensive staff did a really good job at halftime putting things together scoring two touchdowns in a row, but the bottom line this week was finishing.”

On Casey Thompson's play

“I thought he managed things, and that goes back to no penalties with the signals and the calls, I thought he showed leadership. We had a couple big plays on scrambles, where he kind of ran into things that way. He wasn’t perfect, but I thought he was a little better than average. Missed some balls, some easy throws, and we worked on those things. He handled everything very well, and I’ve seen some bounce and more leadership this week.”

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