09.21.2009 / Posting by Demorrio Williams, Former NU Blackshirt 2002-2003
This is Demorrio Williams, former Blackshirt Linebacker (2002-2003) and current Kansas City Chief checking in with my first blog post this year for First National Bank. I will be doing several entries throughout the season so make sure you check back from time to time and leave me some feedback.
"The other thing I really respected about Coach Pelini was that you could tell he genuinely cared for the players. He always took time out to listen to our concerns."
Man it’s good to see Nebraska playing some football again! I’m really happy for Coach Pelini and the direction he is taking everything. Coach Pelini was our defensive coordinator my senior year and ended up serving as our interim head coach for the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State. A lot of us thought he would get the head coaching position after we won that game...but it’s good to see him there now and the good job he is doing. He always brought so much energy to practice and on game-day, you couldn’t help but get fired up. His attitude was infectious and was a big reason we had such a good year on defense in 2003. Although I mostly played linebacker, Coach thought it would be a good idea to slide me to defensive end on passing situations. The move paid off and was able to get 11 sacks and force a couple of fumbles that year. It just goes to show you the relentless mindset he has on defense. The other thing I really respected about Coach Pelini was that you could tell he genuinely cared for the players. He always took time out to listen to our concerns. As a matter of fact Coach and I still keep in contact and talk about things from time to time.
Big game for the Huskers this week against Virginia Tech! I played in a couple of big games there at Nebraska and always felt it was important to try and get good rest the week of the game. Most of the habits I had in college for game-day preparation, I still use when I get ready to play on Sundays. Your habits during the week should all lead up to game-day. If you have a bad week (no rest, bad prep, sloppy practice, etc...) most likely you won’t play very well. For me...film study and taking notes during meetings help me pick out tendencies against the team we are playing. Doing those little things might lead to making a play that wins the game. We played a game against a ranked Oklahoma State team my senior year and because we hit the film hard that week, the defense was able to force five turnovers.
I’ll be cheering for the Huskers this weekend. Virginia Tech has always liked to run the ball so I’m hoping the Nebraska front seven puts in some work! Virginia Tech is always noted for their special teams play so that becomes an important part of the game-plan. Similar to last year against Virginia Tech when Nate Swift returned that punt, special teams can change the momentum of the game. I should know, I blocked a couple of kicks back in my day! Talk to you guys again soon.