Defense is ready and excited for Ohio St. challenge

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields for two hours Tuesday morning.

The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours Tuesday morning in preparation of Ohio St.

Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was available to media after practice speaking on what the focus has been like so far in practice.
"The focus has been good," Chinander said. "Coach Frost, he set the tone right away in the team meeting. There's going to be a lot of distractions, a lot of media around, a lot of hype going around but we need to focus on our job and I think the kids have done a good job of that so far."

He would go on to talk about Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and what stands out to him when he watches him on film.
"Probably the same thing when you watch it," Chinander said. "He's big, he's fast, he can throw really well and he's operating their offense right now. The question mark with him was can he come in and take command of that offense, and so far he's done a pretty good job at doing that and he's a really good football player and he's going to be a good challenge for us."

He recalled what his defense did really well last year, where the Huskers had four takeaways against the Buckeyes.
"I think that was the first game where I just saw a good look in their eyes before the game," Chinander said. "We went out that first series where the onside kick kind of went haywire on us and we made a big stand. I think that set the tempo. We got some turnovers which was huge in that game and they played really, really hard. Obviously, Ohio State did a good job formationaly with a few plays that we needed to fit that we probably hadn't got to because we were still getting to the base of the system. So now we just have to be able to fit all the different formations. I think [Ohio State] Coach Ryan Day does a good job of giving you a lot of condensed formations... a lot of just, things you don't see on a day to day basis. So it's not necessarily the plays, it's just being able to fit all the formations that they give you."

He finished up discussing if he believes his defensive line can slow down Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins and get to Justin Fields.
"Yeah their offensive line is a good group," Chinander said. "They're a big group, it's a physical group. They've done a nice job, they have a grad transfer in there, they have a couple of returning starters so... but I think our defensive line is pretty good. So I think it will be a really good matchup up front. it's going to be competitive, they're probably getting ready for a good matchup in the trenches. I don't think they've seen a defensive line as good as ours and we probably haven't seen an offensive line as good as theirs. I'm looking forward to that matchup and what gets done there."

The Huskers will continue preparations for Ohio State with practice on Wednesday. Kick off is set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday with television coverage provided by ABC.