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Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained from the Huskers' Monday press conference, via Huskers.com.
Head Coach Bo Pelini
On Randy Gregory's injury:
Randy Gregory, it was similar to what happened to (Andy) Janovich when he got hurt a couple weeks ago. It was an old injury, something that just flared up on him. They went in there and fixed it. I would say he’s doubtful for this week, but probable for the Fresno game.
On preparing to face McNeese State:
Like I talk to them every week, it doesn’t really matter who we play. Our approach needs to be the same. The way we practice, the way we execute and the way we game plan. We don’t change a thing about how we game plan. FBS, FCS—I couldn’t even tell you what we are. At the end of the day, they’re our next opponent. We’re going to approach it like we do any other week.
On whether or not this is the last FCS team the Huskers will schedule:
This is probably the last one. I would prefer it. When I say that, it sounds like McNeese State is not a good football team. I’m not saying that. I’d just prefer to not have to deal with that. And who knows where scheduling is going to go down the road. The whole shift of college football and what’s going to happen. The Big 5 conferences and whatever is being talked about. I think that scheduling will probably change for everybody across the board over the next few years. I would anticipate that, but I don’t know. It’s hard to say where it’s going to go. But I think this is the last time we’ll play a team an FCS team.
On how many times he watched Jordan Westerkamp's catch:
You know just once. I saw it on Sportscenter the other night and I was flipping through the channels - and I saw it live - that was enough for me. Unusual to say the least, just for somebody to have the - to even think to throw your hands back there to catch a football. Like I said, I haven’t been around that one. I have seen a lot, but I haven’t seen that one before.
Senior I-Back Ameer Abdullah
On if the offense could be better than against FAU:
It could be much more efficient. Obviously, we had a pretty good day, but watching the film, we had a lot of mistakes, a lot of false steps, steps were really important, you know, to start the play off. Just one step in the wrong way can really throw off our whole offensive play, and as we get into the thick of our schedule, we’re going to need to be more efficient with our steps, much more crisp, because our opponents will be much better than Florida Atlantic.
On what he thinks about the FCS:
It scares me. It scares me, because like I said, they don’t have anything really to lose, you know. Not a lot of people are expecting them to win the game in the first place, so you can let it hang all loose. You can call all your fake plays. You can fake a punt, fake a field goal. You can blitz every single player if you want, just because, like I said, you’re not really expecting them to win the game so you might as well just apply everything in your playbook and try your best to get the upset of the week.
On sophomore Terrell Newby:
That’s just a little taste. He’s going to keep getting his carries. He’s going to keep getting his opportunities, and I need to hurry up and get out of here before he takes my spot. Luckily it’s my last semester, then you guys will see the truth next year.
Sophomore Quarterback Tommy Armstrong
On what he wants to improve on going forward:
I left a bunch of passes out there. I overthrew a couple of passes to Ameer (Abdullah) and Alonzo (Moore). Just getting the ball down and made smart decisions and threw the ball away. We stressed on not taking sacks and not letting anybody in the pocket. We just got to get better at the passing game. I made smart decisions but I just got to get the ball to my receivers.
On how the offense is different this year over last year:
I think this year we are more aggressive. We like running the ball. We like throwing the ball to playmakers like Jordan (Westerkamp) and Kenny, Alonzo and stuff like that. You know they’re more healthy. The receiving corps is a lot healthier than they were last year.
On where he'd like his completion percentage to be:
This year, probably just stay over 60 (percent). Like I said, I left a lot, probably four or five passes that should have been complete. You know, just high balls, wrong reads and miscommunication and stuff like that. I've just got to make sure every week we are taking all of the film work and putting it out there on the field and making sure putting the ball on our receivers.