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Huskers Linebacking Core Builds Depth

Nebraska's defense warms-up during pre-game facing Rutgers. 

Injuries can mean the end of season progress for many teams, especially if you have no one to step up and fill the holes.

The Huskers Linebacking Core has first–hand experience on this issue, but may not have to worry, thanks to junior Luke Gifford stepping up this season.

The Omaha native led the Black Shirts with nine tackles in the home opener against Arkansas State, and captured his first career interception last week against Rutgers.

Becoming a leader on the field, Gifford shows unbelievable passion for the game, making up for the losses Huskers lineup.

"Luke, you know never having to really play a lot of football now is a guy who we really don't want to bring out of the game," defensive coordinator Bob Diaco said. "He's a stall worth out there, he's a multi–jobs player, and he's got a lot of tangible skill," Diaco continued.

Gifford taking on this new role has helped paved the way for the newcomers to step in for some playing time.

"He's long, fast and smart. and then after that it's been a lot of guys that we've just been prepping, Diaco stated. "They're just getting better and better, you know Marcus played a bunch and he's out now, then Tyrin played a bunch at the end of a game and the beginning of a game and now he's out, Diaco continued. "That created Collin Miller now who's getting a lot of reps."

An unusual weekday night for Nebraska Football, the Huskers kick off against the Fighting Illini Friday night at 7 PM. You can catch the game on FS1.

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