Arkansas State vs. Nebraska, 9/2/17

Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee (13) walks past offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf during warmups before Saturday's game against Arkansas State at Memorial Stadium. Lee threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first start as a Husker.


Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf spoke with reporters after practice Tuesday and discussed where he thinks improvement will come from, the smoke in Oregon and returning to Eugene, Oregon, where he coached several times as an Oregon State assistant. 

The highlights: 

* Langsdorf wasn't happy with the offense's penalties against Arkansas State on Saturday night and, particularly, with the inability to extend a pair of fourth quarter drives. 

"We needed a first down," Langsdorf said. "We had a third-and-4 that we were in good shape in and we blow a protection. He throws one low and it was, I think it was a good play, it was a three-man rush and we got hurried, which is silly with a five-man protection." 

In that same vein, Langsdorf said he felt like the Huskers hurt themselves more than the Red Wolves did. 

* Langsdorf said Oregon looks like it does a good job of disguising coverage. 

* He called the Autzen Crowd, "very disruptive. They don't have a huge crowd, but it's really a rowdy crowd. We've had trouble even hearing on the phones before, between the box and the field." 

* Langsdorf said it would be fun being back in Eugene. "We're familiar with the surroundings, with the hotel we'll stay at. We've stayed there every time. Sometimes you're going to a new place and you have no idea where you are. There will be a lot of familiar sights and faces. It'll be kind of fun." 

* Asked about the air quality being part of the story this week, Langsdorf said that was a first-time occurrence for him. "I don't think I can remember that one. I've got a lot of friends and family that are close out there and they said it's pretty bad. Hopefully we'll get to play it." 

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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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