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Beck says NU offense practicing with confidence
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Beck says NU offense practicing with confidence

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Tim Beck faces an ongoing challenge as an offensive coordinator.

He wants to get the football into the hands of several of Nebraska's weapons.

However, "The bottom line, for me, is you gotta win," he said after Wednesday's practice.

This season, it appears Nebraska will try to win with a simplified system on offense. The simplification process began during the spring and will continue this month as the team prepares for its Aug. 30 opener against Florida Atlantic.

The objective is to play faster, Beck said.

"I felt like when I looked at games earlier in the year (from last season), we were simpler and seemed to be more effective," he said.

He looked at overall production and asked himself why production was down later in the season. Why were there more turnovers? More penalties?

"Were we putting too much (offense) in as the year (went) on?" he asked in a group session with reporters.

Had it become a thinking man's game? Why were quarterbacks throwing interceptions? Why were receivers dropping passes?

He asked himself all those questions.

"We were doing it right at one time," he said. "Why was all that stuff happening later? A lot of self-evaluation went on in the offseason. We said, 'Maybe we have to narrow it down a little bit and go play and have confidence.

"Maybe that's where the confidence is coming from."

Beck said he discussed paring down the offense with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. They watched other teams. But a lot of the changes were the result of essentially looking in the mirror.

In finishing 9-4 last season, including 5-3 in the Big Ten, Nebraska ranked 58th nationally in total offense (412.4 yards per game) and 48th in scoring (31.9), numbers that were down significantly from 2012.

Nebraska was beset by numerous injuries down the stretch last season, but Beck wasn't using that as an excuse.

"We changed our philosophy a little bit," he acknowledged. "We were just trying to manage games, find ways to score. If we don't turn the ball over, we're pretty good. That's the big thing. That's a pretty known fact.

"So, simplifying so everybody's on the same page, everybody knows what to do, they know every route, they know every protection. ... You have a greater chance for success and fewer bad things happening than you do if one guy is unsure."

One thing that may not be simple for Beck: Finding ways to get the ball to everyone.

"If you look at it statistically, it's probably a pretty smart assessment to say when the right guys are touching the ball, we're probably winning," he said.

"The correlation's probably pretty high there. We want to get those guys the ball. I think our guys have that understanding."

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

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