I bring potential unfortunate news for Nebraska’s Run The Ball Guy®. While offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf talked about wanting to keep the Huskers on the ground, considering his team plays in the Big Ten conference, the Nebraska attack must have balance.
Curious as to what Husker Nation expects this upcoming weekend against the Wyoming Cowboys, I put a feeler out on the most respectable of forums: Twitter.
My query was simple. Your over/under for Tommy Armstrong passes against Wyoming is 18.5. What do you like?
Remember: Armstrong threw all of 10 passes during the entirety of the Big Red’s 43-10 win over the Fresno State Bulldogs. The answers were somewhat surprising.
Out of a quick 17 replies, 11 expect the Huskers to air it out more against the Cowboys.
University of Nebraska alum James Vaske expects to see the receiver corps get more love because Wyoming surrendered 329 yards through the air to Northern Illinois. Not only that, the Huskies managed three touchdowns and were never picked off once. NIU quarterback Drew Hare had a solid outing, completing 61.5 percent of his passes on 39 attempts.
Anthony Gerber sees wide receivers coach Keith Williams’ proteges running wild to knock off some rust on both timing with Armstrong and to prepare their route running for “Oregon’s pathetic (based on last year) pass D.” His words, Duck fans, not mine.
Admittedly, it appears Gerber may have a point. Brady Hoke’s first game as defensive coordinator gained mixed reviews. Oregon led UC-Davis 17-15 at the half and 39-21 heading into the fourth quarter. This writer personally anticipates a far better showing by the Ducks against Bronco Mendenhall and Virginia, which travel to Autzen Stadium this weekend. Keep in mind, however, that the Cavaliers lost to FCS-based Richmond at home last weekend, 37-20.
A young man that simply goes by “Bryan” not only sees the Big Red tossing the pigskin 20-plus times; he has a preferred target in tight end Cethan Carter.
For those of you keeping track, I picked Carter as one of my champions versus Fresno State. I felt that he’d probably get about five catches, the same number that Bryan would like this weekend for NU’s vicious multi-purpose receiver. If Nebraska does try to get Armstrong into a rhythm, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Bryan get his wish in terms of Carter being a target.
One responder and former Husker doesn’t want Nebraska to air it out any more than it has to. Bryan Wilson, a Cornhusker defensive back from 2005-2007 and now a coach at Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California, says, “The lower the better – 15 max.” When asked why he felt this way, he responded, “[Armstrong]’s not a QB fit for Riley’s offense. What they ask of the quarterback, he doesn’t do well. More run ball control this year; eliminate quarterback error.”
Husker Nation has spoken.
While some like Wilson aren’t keen on giving Armstrong the potential to swing a ballgame in the opponent’s favor with his arm, the majority want to see what the receivers and tight ends can do against Wyoming.