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NU's Diaco, Oregon's Taggart familiar after time in American Athletic Conference

Oregon Ducks move football practice to coast amid 'hazardous' air quality in Eugene

Diaco thinks Week 1 might have been exactly what defense needed

Huskers move on from ASU, prepare for Ducks

After Diaco gives explanation, time to move on

Nebraska football recruit appears close to being part of Big Red

BREAKING NEWS:  Oregon game could be canceled due to air quality

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Decoding Langsdorf: Charting The Nebraska Run Game vs. Arkansas State

Oregon football coach Willie Taggart says Ducks need to reduce penalties when they host Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Decoding Langsdorf: Charting The Nebraska Run Game vs. Arkansas State

You saw a lot of things on Saturday that the Huskers haven’t done in a while

Each Tuesday this season, the Decoding Langsdorf series will expand a bit to include charting the running game to get a better idea of Nebraska’s core running concepts that I broke down over the summer. We will look at attempts, yardage totals, and average yards per carry (ypc), in addition to contextualizing some of the plays to see why they worked or why they didn’t. This won’t take away from the typical Decoding Langsdorf articles, which will continue to run on the Thursday of each week.

Over the summer, I broke down the Gap-Duo, Counter Trap, and G/T Lead plays which I had asserted the former two would be the core running game for the Husker offense this season. Against Arkansas State, we ran all three of those concepts, but the real bell cow was the Pin & Pull series, “Steeler” in Riley & Langsdorf’s parlance, which allowed Nebraska to utilize the Sweep component in the running game. Before we delve into the finer details of “Steeler”, let’s first take a look at the charts from Saturday night.

Gap-Duo: NU ran Gap-Duo out of Bunch and Zip to Bunch sets 9 times for 60 yards, an average of 6.6 ypc.

Pin & Pull: Pin & Pull was Nebraska’s bread & butter on Saturday, with 10 attempts netting 80 yards for an average of 8 ypc.

Counter: Counter was ran 4 times for 40 yards, for an average ypc of 10 yards. However, it is important to note that this ypc statistic is skewed, as outside of Tre Bryant’s 35 yard run on the first drive of the second half, NU ran for only -1, 5, and 1 yards on Counter plays.

Draw: NU utilized three different variants of the Draw play; the Lead Draw “Dallas”, the Pump-TB Draw, and a standard issue tailback draw out of the shotgun. On these three Draw concepts, NU officially gained 11 yards on 3 attempts. However, because of holding penalties on Draw plays against Nick Gates and Cole Conrad, NU unofficially had 5 attempts for 26 yards, at 5.2ypc.

Charting The Nebraska Run Game vs. Arkansas State

Nebraska football recruit appears close to being part of Big Red

he #Nebraska football team had a number of high profile recruits into Lincoln over the weekend and while reports are circulating that all enjoyed their visit, one recruit in particular apparently fell in love with Lincoln. The Huskers have been working hard to get as many top of the line wide receiver recruits in the 2018 class as possible and it looks as though yet another 4-star receiver [VIDEO] is close to pulling the trigger.

#Isaah Crocker has been a big target of the Cornhuskers since he announced he would be taking an official visit back in May. During that announcement he wasn’t clear exactly when he would be coming to Lincoln.

Last week, he let the world know he would indeed be seeing the Nebraska football team and what they have to offer during the Arkansas State game. According to numerous reports, Crocker loved everything that he saw.

Crocker told Rivals that he didn’t want to leave Lincoln and that he felt “really comfortable” around the Nebraska football team. It appears the talented wide receiver was as close to pulling the trigger as any recruits have been during their visits to the school. The question now is whether or not the Huskers can get Crocker to pull the trigger and become a member of a class that has been falling a bit in the eyes of some recruiting experts.

Nebraska football home atmosphere a selling point

While the Arkansas State game didn’t go according to plan, especially when it came to the defense, there was plenty that Crocker could take away that was a positive.

Among those positives was an offense that actually has a quarterback who could go through his progressions and hit receivers on the run.

The other aspect that Crocker could certainly soak up was the atmosphere that surrounded the stadium. Opening day for the Huskers is always a rather raucous affair and Saturday was no different. The stadium seemed to be pretty loud and was of course sold out. Seeing that many fans coming out to see a game against a relatively lowly opponent had to be a pretty good indicator.

Crocker would be big get

If the Nebraska football team does manage to get Crocker into the fold, it would be a rather big steal for the Cornhuskers. Among the schools going after the California receiver are perennial powers like Oregon, UCLA and Notre Dame. The biggest opponent standing in the way of the Cornhuskers getting the 4-star commit has to be Alabama, which definitely had an impressive showing of their own. #NCAA

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