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Will the Cornhuskers use more no-huddle offense this year?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

A prime topic of discussion among Nebraska fans and the media this spring has been the possible use of a no-huddle offense.

The philosophy was all the rage across the conference last season, most notably by Oklahoma.

Despite little training before last spring, the Sooners erupted for an average of 548 yards per game -- more than 100 yards more than the previous season. Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford led the Oklahoma offense to some mind-boggling numbers with Kevin Wilson's no-huddle attack. The Sooners produced at least 58 points in six consecutive games until losing to Florida in the BCS title game.

It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see the Cornhuskers dabble in it this spring. Projected starting quarterback Zac Lee is comfortable running the offense, utilizing it at City College of San Francisco where it was employed about 40 percent of the time, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star. Lee's team qualified for the California junior college championship game.

Bo Pelini wasn't tipping his hand at his news conference that preceded the Cornhuskers' start of spring practice.

Nebraska senior center Jacob Hickman isn't a supporter of the no-huddle attack. Like most linemen, he prefers a more measured attack that enables breaks between plays.

"I don't really like it," Hickman said. "I know it changes the pace of the game. But I just kind of like the idea of the o-line coming up to the line and everybody getting in their positions. It's the way football is supposed to be played.

"I'm sure we'll see some changes. But overall, if it's not broke, don't fix it. The offense worked pretty well for us the latter half of last season."

But junior offensive tackle Mike Smith said he sees some benefits in utilizing a no-huddle strategy to dictate tempo.

"We did it a little last year in Kansas," Smith said. "It seemed to work, but it's hard because we have so much other stuff we're working on. But I would like to see it because it's sets a different pace for the defense."

After watching the Cornhuskers rip the gasping Jayhawks for 31 second-half points in that game, Smith said he would like to see some additional no-huddle elements incorporated into the Cornhuskers' basic offensive attack.

"After that, I was glad I didn't play defense," Smith said. "It got the defense out of rhythm and could be a help to our offense, too."

The Cornhuskers will need an offensive wrinkle or two as they try to overcome the loss of starting quarterback Joe Ganz and productive and underrated receivers Nate Swift and Todd Peterson.

The no-huddle attack could help them bridge that gap with an inexperienced set of expected starters for the Cornhuskers.