NEBRASKA (4-3, 1-2 Big 12)
SPECIAL TEAMS PREVIEW
Punter: Henery pulls double duty as he is also Nebraska's starting punter...Made his first career punts against Florida Atlantic in season opener...Henery is averaging 40.0 yards per punt, including a career-long 76-yard punt vs. Virginia Tech, which is tied for the fourth-longest in school history...Henery ranks seventh among Big 12 punters in yards per punt.
Return Specialists: Niles Paul is Nebraska's leading punt and kick returner...Paul leads all Huskers with 185 yards on 21 punt returns and 248 yards on 10 kick returns...Nebraska has not returned a kick or punt for a touchdown this season in 44 total chances.
Other: Redshirt freshman Brett Maher handles the holder duties on PAT and field goals...Junior Adi Kunalic handles kickoff duties...True freshman P.J. Mangieri and redshirt freshman Sam Meginnis are the long snappers...Nebraska's starting placekicker, punter, long snapper and holder all wear uni numbers in the 90s: PK/P Alex Henery wears No. 90, LS P.J. Mangieri No. 92 and holder Brett Maher No. 96...Kunalic wears No. 1.
NEBRASKA (4-3, 1-2 Big 12)
D-Line: Nebraska's blackshirts defense is anchored by senior defensive tackle and All-America candidate Ndamukong Suh...Suh leads NU with 44 tackles, while also setting team highs with 25 unassisted tackles, 10 TFL (42 yards lost), 4.0 sacks (30 yards lost), 12 QB hurries, seven Pass Break-ups and two blocked kicks...Suh is the only Husker to record at least 1.0 TFL in each of Nebraska's seven games...Suh ranks fifth all-time in NU history with 43 TFL and is tied for eighth with 16 career sacks...Anchoring Suh on the Nebraska D-Line is sophomore defensive tackle Jared Crick, junior defensive end Pierre Allen and senior defensive end Barry Turner...Crick ranks second among NU D-Linemen with 36 total tackles, while recording 3.5 sacks (26 yards lost) and 6.0 TFL (28 yards lost)...Allen has 29 total tackles, 3.0 sacks (23 yards lost) and 7.0 TFL (30 yards lost)...Turner, who received a medical hardship after a season-ending injury in 2008, has 25 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 6.0 TFL in seven games.
Linebackers: This position is the youngest portion of Nebraska's defense, featuring two redshirt freshmen and one senior...Senior WLB Phillip Dillard ranks fourth on the team with 35 total tackles, 6.0 TFL and 1.0 sack in five games...Dillard has made 10 career starts at LB...Redshirt freshman MLB Mike Compton has started six of Nebraska's seven games...Compton has recorded 31 tackles, 1.0 TFL and 0.5 sacks...Redshirt frosh BLB Sean Fisher has five starts to his credit, posting 29 total tackles and 1.0 TFL.
Secondary: The Huskers own the Big 12's total pass defense...NU has allowed 164.1 yards per game and a Big 12-low three passing touchdowns...Opponents have completed a Big 12-low 51.2 percent of their passes...Secondary has accounted for four of Nebraska's five interceptions...Junior Prince Amukamara is NU's starter at left cornerback and ranks second behind Suh with 37 total tackles...Starting at right corner will either be sophomore Alfonzo Dennard or junior Anthony West...West has started four games at RCB, posting seven tackles, while Dennard has made three starts, accumulating 15 total tackles and 3.0 TFL...A pair of seniors are featured at strong and free safety positions...6-foot-1 strong safety Larry Asante has 35 tackles, five PBU and an INT return for a TD...Free safety Matt O'Hanlon has 32 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks, one PBU, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception to his credit through seven games.
Previewing the Opponent: Nebraska Offense
NEBRASKA (4-3, 1-2 Big 12)
Quarterback: Nebraska' offense is led by junior college transfer signal-caller Zac Lee, who spent the last two seasons at City College of San Francisco...The San Francisco native has thrown for 1,461 yards, while completing 59.9 percent of his passes (118-of-197)...Lee has thrown 10 touchdowns and his been picked off six times in seven games. Lee ranks in the middle of pack among the league's starting quarterbacks...His 12.4 yards per completion and 7.4 yards per attempt rank fourth and fifth in the Big 12, respectively...Aside from Lee, Dayton, Texas, freshman Cody Lee has seen limited action in four games - Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas Tech...Lee was 19-of-33 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in those games.
Running Back: While Lee handles the snaps, Nebraska' offense runs through junior I-back Roy Helu Jr., who ranks third in the Big 12 and 31st nationally in rushing (92.0 yards per game)...Helu has six rushing touchdowns this season, including a career-best three scores in season opener vs. Florida Atlantic...Helu's six scores account for half of Nebraska's rushing touchdowns...Through seven games, Helu has posted five career 100-yard rushing contests, including two this season...Helu moved into Nebraska' all-time top 30 career rushers this season with 644 yards, giving him 1,656 to rank 29th in school history...The 2009 Doak Walker candidate also has 45 career receptions for 437 yards...Last season in Lincoln (a 32-20 Nebraska win), Helu was limited to six yards on two carries - Marlon Lucky led all Husker rushers with 83 yards on 16 carries.
Receivers: Nebraska quarterbacks have completed a pass to 19 different receivers this season...Six of the 19 have more than 10 receptions each - Niles Paul (23), Curenski Gilleylen (16), Mike McNeill (16), Menelik Holt (15), Roy Helu Jr. (15) and Chris Brooks (13). Paul leads all NU receivers in receptions and receiving yards (359)...Paul and McNeill are tied for the team lead with three TDs each...Paul is the only NU receiver with a 100-yard game - 102 yards vs. Missouri and 143 yards vs. Iowa State...No NU receiver has more than six receptions in a game this season (Paul has three six-reception games)...Gilleylen ranks third in the Big 12 with 18.7 yards per reception.
O-Line: Nebraska' offensive line is bolstered by four upperclassmen - LT Mike Smith (Jr.), LG Keith Williams (Jr.), C Jacob Hickman (Sr.) and RG Ricky Henry (Jr.)...Sophomore RT Marcel Jones is Nebraska's lone underclassman on the O-Line...Huskers O-Line has helped the running game produce 100 or more yards in six games this season...Nebraska's offense has accumulated at least 350 yards of total offense in four games this season.
Briles On Nebraska / Kickoff Set For Mizzou (No TV)
Coach Briles spoke to the media Tuesday in his weekly luncheon prior to the Nebraska game. You can read a transcript of Briles and select player quotes here, you can view video stream of Briles presser here.
MISSOURI KICKOFF: The kickoff time for Baylor's Nov. 7 game vs. Missouri in Columbia has been set at 1 p.m. CST at Faurot Field and there will be no television coverage of any kind.
Bears On Midseason All-America/All-Big 12 Teams
Baylor has been represented on various midseason honors teams, most prominently All-America honors for punter Derek Epperson (CBSsports.com, first team), linebacker Joe Pawelek (Phil Steele, second team) and defensive tackle Phil Taylor (Phil Steele, second team). Below is a listing of Baylor student-athletes including on Phil Steele's midseason honors teams, CBSsports.com's Midseason All-America team and the Columbia Daily Tribune's Midseason All-Big 12 team...Derek Epperson
Midseason All-America, 1st team (CBSSports.com)
Midseason All-Big 12, 3rd team (Phil Steele)
Baylor launched a new community initiative this year called the "Baylor Spirit Program," and the response by local businesses was tremendous. A total of 527 Central Texas establishments joined the program and proudly displayed BU flags and signage [CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY]. Coach Briles and the entire athletics department would like to thank the Greater Waco community for its support.