Chinander aims to turn Blackshirts into force

Nebraska nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg stops a run play by the Iowa Hawkeyes. (KHGI)

It's no secret the Nebraska defense in 2017 left a lot to be desired. After all the unit surrendered 36 points per game and ranked last in the Big Ten in pass defense efficiency. The task of returning the Blackshirts to the rough and tough defense Husker fans know and love falls to new defensive coordinator, Erik Chinander. He followed Scott Frost to Lincoln and says practicing against his offense every day could yield huge benefits to his defense come the fall.

"By the time we finish spring ball, there won't be a formation, a play, a motion, trickeration or anything that we haven't seen," said Chinander. "When we get to the regular season they'll be doing some crazy stuff and our kids will go 'ah no big deal we saw that ten times. They really stress out whatever defense you're going to play. They stress coverage, they stress the run game so I think it's a really good thing. A lot of times when you play against a traditional Power I team, you learn how to defend it but you don't learn those fine coaching points because there's not that quarterback throwing the ball, there's not the triple option aspect of it."

Huskers practice Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday this week. The spring game is 19 days away.

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