Colorado true sophomore linebacker Nate Landman was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week on Tuesday.
Landman had 14 tackles – tying a CU record for tackles in a first career start – a tackle for loss and an interception in the Buffs’ 45-13 win against Colorado State.
“It’s been one of my goals, ever since I started being recruited,” said Landman, from Danville, Calif. “I love the Pac-12. I’ve been growing up watching the Pac-12.
“I can’t take all the credit. We had great play from the defense and I obviously can’t do what I do without my D-line and without my secondary there to help me.”
Landman has flashed star potential since he got to Boulder last year and said he’s been comfortable in the defense since the middle of camp last month, but even he was a bit surprised by his performance.
“I’m still a little star-struck myself,” he said. “I just went out there and played my game. We had a great scheme that whole game. I have great coaches behind me helping me out there.”
Stanford receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week, while USC kicker Chase McGrath was the special teams player of the week.
Preparing for noise
Memorial Stadium in Lincoln holds 85,458 fans – about 35,000 more than Folsom Field – and the Cornhuskers have sold out 362 consecutive games, dating back to 1962. So, it will be loud on Saturday.
“I really don’t think you can (prepare for the noise),” CU quarterback Steven Montez said. “In practice, they have music on, but it’s nowhere near as loud as what it’s going to be in Lincoln. Crowd noise doesn’t really affect you too much once you get locked in. You know it’s loud, but in your mind and your ears, you don’t really hear too much. If we run into any problems, we’ll adjust on the fly.
“We’ve played in loud places before and it hasn’t been a problem for us.”
While the Buffs were impressive in their opener, they aren’t letting that get to their heads.
“I think it happens in practice,” Montez said. “You have to come to practice every day with a clean slate, like you’re 0-0 again. We definitely don’t want to get complacent, definitely don’t want to think we’re too good and then come out and not do as well as we’d like. I think we’ll stay hungry, because we still have a whole lot to prove. One game doesn’t prove very much.”
Two days into practice this week, head coach Mike MacIntyre is confident the Buffs are maintaining their hunger to improve.
“I feel like they’re definitely locked in and want to go play really well in Lincoln,” he said.
Outside linebacker Jacob Callier, who missed the second half the CSU game with a shoulder injury, is listed as probable for this week. MacIntyre was the consensus national coach of the year in 2016, while Nebraska’s Scott Frost was the consensus choice in 2017 when he was at Central Florida. The last time the last two national coaches of the year squared off was in 2010. That year, Gary Patterson’s TCU squad beat No. 5 Utah, led by Kyle Whittingham. This matchup is the first of four in the next seven seasons (2018, 2019, 2023 and 2024).