Bullocks intercepts seventh pass in seven games
LINCOLN, Neb. -- It took less than a quarter for Nebraska safety Josh Bullocks to get his interception Saturday.
Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal scrambled looking for a receiver. Bullocks knew from his study of the Aggies' offense that McNeal wouldn't throw long. So when he saw a man cruising across the middle he knew that was where the ball was going.
"I just stepped in front of him," Bullocks said. "I was just playing my responsibilities, playing my technique and making a break on the ball."
Bullocks' seventh interception in seven games led to a Cornhusker touchdown and was the first of eight turnovers forced by the Nebraska Blackshirts defense in Saturday's 48-12 win over Texas A&M.
With the pick, Bullocks tied the Nebraska single season interception record at seven, equaling the mark set in 1970 by Bill Kosch. He also remained the nation's interception leader.
"He just has a knack," said Nebraska secondary coach Marvin Sanders. "He's probably the best in the country at playing the football."
Bullocks was clearly pleased when he heard of his coach's praise and said that creating turnovers is one of his goals.
"Going into the game, I want to get another pick," Bullocks said. "If there's an opportunity for me to make a play on the ball, I'm going to make it. The school record means a lot to me. I want to make as many interceptions as I can."
While the interceptions get all the attention, Sanders said the rest of Bullocks' play has been just as valuable.
As free safety, Bullocks has to set up the defensive secondary for each play. He has to understand the opposing offense and make very quick decisions. He has done that very well, Sanders said.
All that study helps when it comes to interceptions, Bullocks said.
"It helps a lot," Bullocks said. "If you know what they're typically doing and know when they're going to do it, you can break on the ball a lot quicker."
Then it's up to Bullocks, who played wide receiver in high school catching passes from his twin brother Daniel, to snare the pass.
"I don't drop many," Bullocks said.
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