Husker football practice, 9/19/17

Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco watches during football practice on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Hawks Championship Center.

FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star

Count Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco among the many in college football with high praise for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

“He’s one of the founding fathers of spread, before people called it spread,” Diaco said. “I referred to it in the writeup for the players as not a spread offense, but the spread offense, and I did that purposefully. Coach Meyer’s offense, from Bowling Green to Utah to Florida to Ohio State, has made people famous. It’s made players famous. It’s made coaches famous. His coaching tree is all around the country, they’re all basically running that offense and it’s pretty awesome.

“I’ve unfortunately had a chance to see it many times.”

* Diaco said he was upset Saturday night after losing to Wisconsin and felt as if his team had been pushed around. Upon further reflection and reviewing the tape, though, he had a more optimistic view.

“When I was a player, my coach would say, ‘It’s never as good as you think it is, but it’s also as bad.’ Obviously, crushed about the loss. Disgusted with the production up to this point as it relates to just everything. If you’re a fierce competitor, you don’t like sitting here at 3-3. When I went to bed that night, I was really upset and I felt like we got pushed around and mauled and beat up a little bit. That did not happen. That did not happen.”

Instead, Diaco said the breakdowns came in technique and assignment rather than physical mismatch 

* Diaco called Jonathan Taylor's 75-yard touchdown run just before halftime, "A ridiculous score. Give them credit, but we caused that score. We did. Nobody got knocked down, pushed, battered. It was a few busts, systematically, on that play." 

* A brief injury update:

Neither junior safety Antonio Reed (knee) and Aaron Williams (neck) practiced Tuesday.

Running backs Tre Bryant (knee) and Mikale Wilbon (left ankle) both were suited up and appeared set to participate in practice. Position coach Reggie Davis indicated the pair did at least some work Monday, as well.

Wilbon had a heavy tape job on his left side, but said Monday he was feeling much better than Saturday, when cutting caused him pain and kept him from playing.

Inside linebacker Dedrick Young was dressed for practice but had a large, club-like cast on his right hand. Outside linebacker Tyrin Ferguson (turf toe) was in pads. He has not appeared in a game since going down late against Northern Illinois on Sept. 16.

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Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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