September 2, 2007

Huskers still pounding the rock

Does the Nebraska offense still have the manpower to "pound the rock" in 2007?

In Saturday's whipping of Nevada, many of the preseason concerns about a potential drop-off in the Husker running game were eased with a dominating performance that produced 413 rushing yards, the most ever by a Bill Callahan-coached Nebraska team.

Nebraska averaged 5.9 yards per carry against the Wolf Pack, a team that was clearly overmatched by the Huskers' physical running game.

"We wanted to run the ball today. We wanted to do that going in," Callahan said. "I think its good early in the year to get your running game going. It's important to establish your rhythm and your timing and your reads and your progressions."

Nebraska did all that and more on Saturday, even without Brandon Jackson, the Huskers' leading rusher from a year ago who's now playing for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League.

Jackson's absence went unnoticed against Nevada, as junior Marlon Lucky stepped up to produce the biggest game of his Husker career - 233 yards rushing, 33 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Lucky's backup, freshman Quentin Castille, churned out 78 yards on 18 touches. Junior Cody Glenn and sophomore Major Culbert also turned in strong performances, combining for 71 yards on 11 carries.

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