September 25, 2007

Huskers stress need for unity

Head coach Bill Callahan and two members of Nebraska's much-maligned defensive unit stressed the need for unity and positive reinforcement on Tuesday as the Huskers prepare for Saturday's Big 12 Conference opener against Iowa State.

Callahan and his players were still fielding questions about the psyche of the Nebraska defensive unit after the Blackshirts surrendered over 600 yards of total offense in Saturday's 41-40 win over Ball State. Memorial Stadium fans showered the Nebraska defense with boos throughout the second half of the game with the Cardinals and defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove has been the focus of intense media and fan scrutiny since the Blackshirts' meltdown.

"I think what's important for our football team is that we come together," Callahan said. "Like any team, when you go through some adversity, it's important that you close ranks and really support each other.

"The big thing is that you're supportive and that you're constructive and that you're positive about everything you do."

In a radio interview on the Husker Sports Network after the Ball State game, linebacker Steve Octavien spoke critically of the Husker fans in Memorial Stadium who had voiced their displeasure with the play of the Blackshirts. On Tuesday, Octavien publicly apologized for his statement.

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