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The Nebraska offensive line has a lot of respect for JaVon Rolland-Jones, even if the unit wasnt mentioning the Arkansas State defender by name. Instead it was by number. Each lineman that talked mentioned the Huskers had to look and find No. 11.

No. 11 or Rolland-Jones, is coming off a strong junior campaign where he terrorized opposing quarterbacks. The Sun Belt Player of the Year racked up 13.5 sacks, on his way to the school record 30.5 sacks for his career.

Its not just pass rushing either, Rolland-Jones amassed 57 tackles, with 21.5 tackles for a loss last season.

Line coach Mike Cavanaugh said Arkansas State does a nice job freeing Rolland-Jones up, as hes capable of moving around and causing problems from a number of areas.

Theyve got some good players, Cavanaugh said. The defensive ends are both good players, can rush the passer, athletic guys that can run. The inside guys are physical and can anchor in there. Obviously weve got to do a great job of leverage and move people.

Theres stunts and different games that they play. Weve got to be sharp.

Nebraska's last contest, the Music City Bowl, featured strong pass rush and the Tennessee Volunteers made the night uncomfortable for the Huskers' quarterbacks. Arkansas State will certainly look to do the same.

Tackle Nick Gates said hes expecting a lot of different looks from Arkansas State on Saturday, in an effort to get the Huskers to scramble when the ball is snapped.

Communication will be key and its something the Huskers have been working on throughout camp.

Weve worked on that a lot, he said. Were right over here working on that before practice, after practice. Its definitely something we need to know.

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