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September 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Pelini says he doesn’t think crowd noise will be a problem Saturday

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini held his weekly press conference this morning, and among the topics was whether he had any concerns about the Husky Stadium crowd noise and specifically how it might impact quarterback Taylor Martinez.
Martinez, a redshirt freshman, will be making his first road start.
Pelini said that “I don’t anticipate it being an issue.”
He said Martinez that “he knows. He’s a pretty intelligent guy. Knowing what you are in for and when you walk in and obviously it’s loud, and once the adrenaline kicks in, it’s going to be an adjustment for any guy, not just a quarterback, but anybody.”
But he said that Nebraska regularly plays in loud stadiums and thinks the team is prepared for it.
“We’ve been in a lot of stadiums like that,” he said. “All the road stadiums we played in are pretty loud, real good crowds, that kind of thing. … You just talk to them about it, tell them what it’s going to be like. I don’t know how much more you can do. I don’t think it will be a problem.”
He added that “that’s the key, walking in there with confidence.”
He said he’d been at Husky Stadium “years and years and years ago” apparently as a player at Ohio State (apparently the 1986 game, won by UW 40-7). “What left an impression on me was we got beat pretty bad, got a bunch of punts blocked,” he said. “It was a nightmare.”
Pelini said that the team’s ultimate goal is to win the Big 12 title each year and coming to UW should be good preparation for that.
“I think our guys are looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s always a good challenge to go on the road and play a good football game in a good environment. Our guys are looking forward to it.”
Pelini, whose forte is defense, noted that it’s easier to send in defensive signals on the road since the crowd is usually quiet for the home offense.
As for the Huskies, Pelini said that he’s stressing to his team that “it’s not all Jake Locker. …. It’s 11 on 11. We’ve got to execute better for a longer period of time.”
He also said that the unhappiness he expressed after his team’s win over Idaho Saturday was not calculated but simply telling it like he saw it.
“I don’t think I said anything to them (his players) that they didn’t see themselves,” jhe said. “Was I trying to send them a message to the media? No not really, I was just trying to be honest about what I saw.
“If I think we play real good, I’m going to say that. I’m not trying to put on a show ,just trying, that’s just really how I felt, simple as that. I wasn’t trying to send a message to our football team — I had already given them that message. But that’s how I saw it in black and white terms — that’s how I saw the football game, that we didn’t play up to our standards in some areaas, in others we played really well.
“I’m looking for a total team performance and I hope we get it this week because we are going to need it.”
He also said he has no real concern about the vertical passing of Martinez, who is 21-32 for 242 yards with one interception and no touchdowns in the first two games.
“He had a couple that I know you would want back, but I really I like him,” Pelini said. “I think he can throw the ball vertically really well. He had the one layup and he missed it and he knows that, but we’ve seen him do it in practice. We haven’t called as much of it, and part of that is by plan. But he’s got a big arm. I’ve seen him throw the deep ball very well, so it’s not a big concern of mine.”



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