Blackshirts eager to master new defense

Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander instructs his players during a spring practice session. (KHGI)

This fall the Blackshirts will be under the direction of their 3rd defensive coordinator in as many years. The last two seasons have been rough on Husker nation as their defense allowed opposing offenses on average 400 yards per game. Learning a new playbook takes time and a healthy dose of patience. The Blackshirts approach every practice session with plenty of enthusiasm and a desire to put the defenses woes in the rearview mirror.

"I think they're eager to learn," said defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. "We made it very clear that they're the most important asset in this building, so they need to come find us it doesn't matter if we're in a meeting or what we're doing. They need to knock on the door open this thing up and say 'Coach I need you' and we'll go coach them. So far that's working out well. You know you got something when they're coming up to you on their own. They're watching film together, they want to grab a coach and watch some more film. That's when you know it's starting and it's starting to happen here."

Big Red practices tomorrow inside the Hawks championship center. It will conclude Nebraska's second full week of practice.

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