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Defense to face balanced Huskers attack

This Saturday Illinois will face one of the most dynamic offenses they will see all year. Nebraska is averaging more than 43 points per game, and they are doing it both on the ground and through the air.
CHAMPAIGN -- This Saturday Illinois will face one of the most dynamic offenses they will see all year.  Nebraska is averaging more than 43 points per game, and they are doing it both on the ground and through the air.

"They're just so multiple," said defensive coordinator Tim Banks.  "They've got a lot of seniors up front, a lot of skill, good backs, and I think the offensive line is really, really good.  They just do a lot of things, and they do them really well."

Illinois' young defense will be pushed to the limit in Lincoln because they don't know what's coming.  The Huskers average more than 215 yards a game rushing and passing.  They are very balanced, and that will be the challenge for Tim Beckman's youthful defense.

"It's just the process, and that's who we have now.  That's how we have to continue to progress defensively," Beckman said.  "Play a lot of guys, and get them ready and prepared to play in a tough Big Ten atmosphere."

Illinois and Nebraska kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lincoln (ESPNU).
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