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Published Wednesday, October 4, 2000

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Terry Douglass is sports editor at The Independent.

LINCOLN -- Despite Nebraska's recent defensive struggles, members of the Cornhusker offense say they feel no extra pressure to put points on the board. The Blackshirts have given up 24 points in two of their four outings this season, including last Saturday in a 42-24 win over Missouri.

"I don't feel any real pressure in the situation," Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch said. "I still believe that every time we get on the field, we can score. I think that's the mindset that you have to have. That's our job, that's our duty -- every time we get the ball, we've got to go down and make a touchdown."

Husker senior split end Matt Davison said that the offense and defense are in this thing together.

"Every year that I've been here, it's been the defense that is carrying the football team early in the season," Davison said. "This year, it's a little different because all the experience that we had coming back is on offense. I think all the pressure that we have offensively, we put on ourselves. I think we feel like we should score every time we get the ball and we really haven't done that."

KAISER'S PROMISE: Despite attending Tuesday's weekly news conference wearing a protective boot on his left foot, Nebraska senior defensive tackle Loran Kaiser predicted that he'll play in Saturday's game at Iowa State.

"Yeah, I'll be out there on Saturday," Kaiser said. "I've got to get rid of this thing first, but I'll be out there somehow."

Davison, who sat out of Monday's practice with a deep thigh bruise, also expects be play against the Cyclones.

"I'll be ready to go by Saturday for sure," Davison said. "I've been pretty fortunate since I've been here to stay away from injury. I was a little worried about it Sunday because it was pretty sore. This being my last year, I didn't want to have to miss a game."

PRACTICE REPORT: The Huskers worked out for two hours in Memorial Stadium on Tuesday in full pads. Kickoff coverage and kickoff returns were emphasized.

Several Huskers missed the workout with injuries suffered in the Missouri game. Fearing that he may tip off opponents, Solich will no longer announce which players are hurt unless they are definitely out for the upcoming game.

Solich said the Huskers will work out in half pads on Wednesday then start tapering off on Thursday. The team will leave for Ames, Iowa, after practicing on Friday.



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