Huskers Face Minnesota in Legends Division Game

Author: Leland Johnson
Published: October 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

The key message to Husker players this week? Don't overlook Minnesota. Several players interviewed after practice Tuesday repeated the same line, "We're focused on playing Minnesota".

Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) heads to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN (1-4, 0-2) for their third conference game of the season. The Gophers have several playmakers on their roster, including junior quarterback Marqueis Gray. Gray is coming back from a turf toe injury suffered two weeks ago, but should be ready to play. He'll try to get the ball to Minnesota's top receiver Da'Jon McKnight. McKinight leads the team in receptions (25) and yards 316.

Minnesota's numbers are not good so far this year. They are ranked near the bottom nationally in passing yards (108th), points for (109th), and points against (109th). The team is also ranked at the bottom of nearly every category in Big Ten Conference.

Nebraska shouldn't overlook Minnesota, but clearly this is a game they should win. Nebraska is ranked No. 11 nationally in offensive rushing and the offensive line play has been punishing in the fourth quarter of games. Expect Rex Burkhead and the freshman trio of Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard, and Aaron Green to all get plenty of touches.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is coming off a spectacular performance in the second half of the Ohio State game. Martinez has continued to improve this season, he's averaging 97-ypg rushing and has created 1598-yards of total offense. Look for him to continue checking down to the running back on passing plays, an obvious emphasis in practice before the Ohio State game. Martinez typically plays well on the road and this will be a chance for him to shine.

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