April 16, 2007
How good can the Nebraska offense be in 2007?
It would be difficult and unwise to answer that question based solely on the performance of the No. 1 (Red team) offense in Saturday's spring game, but Nebraska appears to have enough of the pieces in place now to put together its most potent offense of the Bill Callahan era.
On Saturday, the Red offense dominated the No. 2 and No. 3 defenses at and beyond the line of scrimmage, churning out 511 yards of total offense and averaging 7.5 yards per play.
"We just have a really good offense," senior quarterback Sam Keller said after the game. "I think everybody here can see that. It's just a matter of managing it and taking what the defense gives you. I don't think you can stop all of our guys. We had a good day today and showed how efficient we can be."
Keller, the highly-touted transfer from Arizona State, shared time running the No. 1 offense with junior Joe Ganz. Both displayed good knowledge of NU's West Coast Offense and the ability to find and hit the open receiver. The duo completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 350 yards.
The impressive offensive numbers, Keller said, are a testament to the talent and play-making ability of not only the quarterbacks, but the receivers, running backs and linemen as well.
"Todd (Peterson) had a wonderful day. Maurice (Purify) going up and getting a couple of those balls, and Terrance (Nunn). Any time you can go back and your first read on the play is wide open or makes a play, it's like 'Wow, this game's pretty easy.' Those guys do make it easy," Keller said. "So does our offensive line and running backs."
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