I am excited for the football season, even though I am 2000 miles or so away from good ole Big Red land. Here are some questions that Dale Obrien has for the season and I am totally with him on all of them:
Well…the sencond editon of the Pelini Brothers Construction takes the field today. There are a few questions that may be answered.
Will this team start by showing the consistency that Bo yearns for and has been ‘yellin’ about since he came to Lincoln?
It’s still a very young team…with a new QB and a (relatively)new LB corps. Will they produce from the opening Kick Off?
Will the DBs show a renewed interest in tackling and knocking the stuffing our of RBs and WRs?
Will Bo show sportsmanship to the officials?
Will the DL show right-off-the-bat that they are going to be the highlight of the defense?
Will Suh’s linemates take advantage of the double-teaming Suh will receive all year?
Will Helu’s hamstring hold up today…and next week…etc?
Will Rex Burkhead (or Burkhart or whatever his name is) prove to be a RB prodigy that we think he will be?
Will Marvin Sanders’ DBs and Safeties become a ball-hawking group or will Suh lead the team in interceptions?
I’m just glad the season is here and am looking forward to some answers.
Here are a few questions asked by Samuel Mckewon of NE Statepaper.com:
Does the load fall, ultimately, to quarterback Zac Lee’s shoulders? Well, that’s the M.O. of the Big 12. But not Pelini, who wants an decent, low-turnover offense in service of an overwhelming defense. The most plays Lee will make in 2009 are the turnovers he avoids, not the touchdowns he creates. If the Huskers try again to engage in scoring contests, they won’t win the North.
For me, rather, it’s that entire defensive unit, the one Pelini drills so hard in practice. Can Will Compton, Sean Fisher and Mathew May play two years above their age level? Can the cornerbacks grab some interceptions? Can the front four continue to stop the run as it did during the last four games of 2008? Can the safeties, the keystone to the Pelini defense in many ways, live up to their head coach’s high standards?
Finally, after eight months of waiting, we can begin to answer the questions.