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Nebraska vs. Iowa, 11/25/16

Nebraska defensive tackle Carlos Davis (96) brings down Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard on Nov. 25, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Even weighing 300 pounds, Carlos Davis can produce a burst of quickness.

The Nebraska junior defensive lineman would like to use that quickness more often, and it appears he'll get that chance in the Huskers' new scheme.

"The biggest thing is to stop reacting to the O-linemen and strike first," Davis said of changes to the defensive linemen's approach under coordinator Erik Chinander.

That's a much different approach than what was asked of Nebraska's defensive linemen last season.

The Husker defense as a whole ranked 129th (out of 130 teams) in tackles for loss in 2017 with 44.

Nowadays, "I can strike and go make a play," said the 6-foot-2  Davis, who started all 12 games last season and recorded 42 tackles, including four behind the line.

By the way, there's another big change for Davis and his teammates this season.

The morning practices are a major alteration for the program.

"I set my alarm for 4, 4:45 and usually get up about 5 and leave," Davis said.

Breakfast is important.

"They feed us every morning, so I try to load up," he said. "I'm 300 pounds, so I've got to eat. Eggs, bacon, protein shake. That's about it."

He finds he has plenty of energy in the morning. But how about around noon, as he's wrapping up his football duties?

"Oh, I'm about to crash," he said. "I'll probably sleep for a good four, five hours."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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