The Nebraska defense has quite the challenge this weekend, facing an Ohio State offense rated at the top of the Big Ten and in the top three nationally. The Huskers had issues stopping the Buckeyes in the past, but Erik Chinander says the defense is preparing as if it's any other opponent.
"I don't think it changes it from any other opponent," said Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander. "We're trying to stop what they're doing, we're trying to hold their points down. They're a really good football team. Obviously everyone knows our offense goes fast so we're going to be out there a lot so we need to do a great job of trying to get off the field as much as we can, try to get a lot of turnovers to get the ball back and try to limit what they do."
Defensive lineman Daishon Neal is out for Saturday's game against Ohio State. Lineman Deontre Thomas may not play, the Huskers staff is considering redshirting the sophomore. To fill depth on the line, captain Mick Stoltenberg is working at both defensive end and defensive tackle this week.
Coach Travis Fisher also said Tuesday freshman Braxton Clark is moving in to a special teams role for the remaining games before redshirting this season.