Tim Beck is a creative offensive coordinator, Bo Pelini says, and Nebraska's production backs that notion.
Creative? Well, Beck has another way to put it.
"It turns into creativity, but I really think honestly it's just that I have weapons," the third-year Husker coordinator said. "I just sit down and figure out how to get them the ball. I don't know that that makes you smarter than anybody else."
We pretty much all know the weapons to which he refers. The list is substantial. How difficult is it for Beck to find ways for everyone to get touches? As he points out, there's only one ball.
The key, he said, is for the offense to stay aggressive. Be in attack mode. Attack all parts of the field. Be ready to use what works best in a given situation. It can change weekly, or even by the quarter. The more weapons, the better.
There's always the possibility that a player will become frustrated if he's not getting as many touches as he would like.
"If you're honest and you can communicate, usually -- just like in life -- you can avoid a lot of issues," Beck said.
-- It almost goes without saying Nebraska coaches are emphasizing the need for fewer turnovers. The Huskers' 35 giveaways last season ranked second-to-last nationally.
However, "It has to be an emphasis that the players believe in, not just the coaches," Beck said. "You can coach them as hard as you want. They have to be able to have that pride and fortitude to hang on to the ball."
-- Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong is practicing on a limited basis after recently undergoing a procedure on the same knee that sidelined him for part of last season. Beck says Armstrong had a good practice Thursday. "I was really pleased," the coach said. "He made good reads. He threw the ball well."