Nebraska has had some defensive issues in the past couple of seasons. Not so much two years ago, but in 2012, they were horrid on the defensive side of the ball. This seemed strange because Bo Pelini is a defensive-minded coach, but his defense was struggling.
The Nebraska defense was so wretched last season that they averaged close to 60th in the nation in points given up per game. That’s not even the bad part. I am willing to bet they gave up the most points per game in their losses than any team in the nation. That number was 53.5 points per game in their four losses.
Horrid would be one word to describe the inconsistency of the defense and there’s no doubt that it needs to be addressed this offseason. Pelini is looking to add the top defensive tackle in the 2014 class according to 247Sports, Andrew Brown.
Brown is 6-foot-4 and 282 pounds and he is a force up front. If added to Nebraska’s front four, he would come in and produce instantly. He is a five-star recruit, and is being recruited by teams such as Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Ohio State– all of which are on his list of favorites along with Nebraska.
He was a beast on the defensive line during his junior season at Oscar Smith High School in Virginia. He finished the 2012 season with 83 tackles, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Nebraska may be the favorite right now because of Pelini’s defensive-minded history and his ability to promise playing time right away.