Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini plans to start two young defensive players in their first road game when the Cornhuskers travel Saturday to Virginia Tech for a game against the No. 13 Hokies.
Included among Nebraska's defensive starters for that game will be redshirt freshman middle linebacker Will Compton and redshirt freshman starting Buck linebacker Sean Fisher.
Both players have started both games for the Cornhuskers so far this season. And both have eight tackles in their early work.
Despite their relative youth, Pelini doesn't expect to prepare either player differently than their work earlier in the season to prepare for the Hokies.
"Nothing,’’ Pelini said on the Big 12 teleconference. "We’ll be ready to play.’’
Virginia Tech will counter the Cornhuskers' defensive youth with some of their own. Top returning rusher Darren Evans was lost for the season in training camp after a knee injury.
But the Hokies had two freshmen running backs -- David Wilson and Ryan Williams -- who rushed for more than 160 yards in their 52-10 route over Marshall on Saturdy.
The presence of the talented tailback will challenge a Nebraska defense that allowed Arkansas State to have 18 plays of eight yards or more last week.
"They're really good football players," Pelini said about Williams and Wilson. "We'll have our hands full, we certainly know that."