The freshman didn’t have his best showing against Iowa but getting that kind of experience under his belt is extremely valuable. Now, Nelson gets to play back in his comfort zone in front of home fans.
Anything the front seven can’t clean up Saturday night, Nelson and D’Cota Dixon will be in charge of. Dixon is more like to play underneath Nelson and allow him to roam the defensive backfield. Turnover opportunities should be plentiful, which Nelson has to be able to take advantage of.
If Nebraska is going to win this game then Adrian Martinez and his two stud receivers are going to have to play extremely well. I don’t fully trust the cornerback group to keep the passing game in check so I’ll lean on Nelson to have a good showing at home where he’s played exceptionally so far this year.
He’s going to have to provide a lot of help to the other young defensive backs all night. He leads the team with four pass breakups so far this season and more are imminent. Nebraska will chuck it everywhere and surely test Nelson and the corners. It’s important he at least plays a safe and solid game. If he elevates his level of play to anything like we’ve been expecting of him then he could be in for a huge night.
The great part about Wisconsin football is we trust so many of these players to have good games. And when a few of them can put together a great game then it’s over for the opposition.