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BO PELINI
ZAC ELLIS
August 21, 2012
ON CONFERENCE COMPARISONS AND QB COMFORT LEVEL
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August 21, 2012

Bo Pelini

ON CONFERENCE COMPARISONS AND QB COMFORT LEVEL

SI: John Papuchis will head up the defense this year. Did you see improvement during the spring?

BP: We've had some really good competition in the secondary, and I think we've grown up there. Coming out of the spring, I was very encouraged. We have a chance to be outstanding on [the defensive] side of the football.

SI: You've lost a handful of big names on defense. Whom do you see filling the void?

BP: Last year linebacker Will Compton started coming into his own. I thought he really had a good year, [and] another senior linebacker, Sean Fisher, was a mere shadow of what he could be.

SI: HOW DIFFERENT IS THE BIG TEN COMPARED WITH THE BIG 12?

BP: TOP TO BOTTOM, [THE BIG TEN] MIGHT BE A LITTLE DEEPER. IT'S A HECK OF A CONFERENCE.

SI: Taylor Martinez was effective as a runner in 2011, but how has his passing game improved?

BP: He worked very hard in the off-season to improve certain things: his throwing, his mechanics. It's his second year with the offense, so I think he's really comfortable and he's confident. That usually leads to good things.

SI: You actually have a lot of experience offensively, especially with Martinez and Rex Burkhead. What are your expectations?

BP: [We also have] Ameer Abdullah, so we have some guys that can toast the ball. Plus we have some guys at wideout. I like our skill positions. We could have a very explosive unit.

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