“The center in that offense calls out all the blocking assignments,” Jim Ikard said. “They run up to the line, he gets over the ball and gets the call in. It's just got to happen real fast.”
KISH: NELSON SETTLING DOWN
Junior outside linebacker Corey Nelson was “a little bit out of whack” in the spring, linebackers coach Tim Kish said, but has come on strong in the fall and become a leader.
“He seems to be settling down; I think he's more focused this fall, which he needed to be,” Kish said. “He's providing us with some leadership out there, but he needs to keep improving like everybody else.”
Nelson started 11 games last season as a sophomore, recording 60 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
The linebacker group, with Nelson, senior Joseph Ibiloye and junior Tom Wort, doesn't return a whole lot of experience, but does include several exciting younger players, like redshirt freshman Frank Shannon, true freshman Eric Striker and sophomore Aaron Franklin.
“We just got to develop that position,” Kish said. “Competition has been good in there. We have to raise our game every day.”