LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Shawn Watson likes the view from the
That doesn't mean Nebraska's second-year offensive coordinator
liked everything he saw in yesterday's 36-14 loss to Texas A&M.
Watson says his move from the press box to the field enhanced
communication with his charges. He says he had a blast.
Head coach Bill Callahan says he doesn't know if the arrangement
would continue this week at Texas.
Watson shared play-calling duties with Callahan against the
Aggies, allowing the head coach to spend more time with the
Cornhuskers' struggling defense.
Callahan said he wanted Watson on the sideline to motivate and
encourage the players.
Nebraska's Sam Keller says he likes having Watson on the sideline rather than in the press box.
But he says Watson's close proximity didn't make him better on
the field in yesterday's 36-14 loss to Texas A&M.
Keller's production has dipped during the Huskers' three-game
losing streak. He has completed 58 percent of his passes for an
average of 209 yards a game. He has thrown for just three
touchdowns in the three games and been intercepted three times.
In the first five games, Keller was hitting 65 percent for 299
yards a game and had nine TD passes and seven interceptions.
Freshmen running backs Quentin Castille and Roy Helu combined to average six-and-a-half yards a carry in the first half, but their workload decreased as Texas A&M pulled away.
Watson says the Huskers felt they needed to go to the pass as they tried to play catch-up.
But Watson said fans can expect to see much more of Castille and
Helu. Castille had a team-leading 60 yards and a touchdown on nine
carries, and Helu had 39 yards on five attempts.
Watson said the two give Nebraska's offense a boost because they
are excited to play and are fearless.