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He also broke his right hand in fall camp. On Saturday, he will wear only a splint after dealing with a cast the first two weeks.

That will help Ta'amu and the Huskies face a big shift in offensive style. Washington’s first two opponents attempted 114 total passes. Nebraska has thrown just 46 in two weeks.

“It’s a whole different ball game now,” Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt said. “We are playing some huge offensive linemen (and a team) that runs the ball. Totally different football game.”

Holt said Ta'amu and fellow senior tackle Everrette Thompson are important this week. The upside for each is being part of a defensive line that remains intact from a year ago.

That gives them familiarity with Nebraska, which according to Ta'amu has not changed in two important areas.

“Quarterback is still fast,” Ta'amu said. “(Offensive) linemen still big, still huge.”

Nebraska is a large favorite heading into this weekend, as it was prior to the Holiday Bowl. Some suggested that the Huskers weren’t ready in the previous meeting.

“Everybody always says that that game, the Holiday Bowl, they weren’t ready,” Ta'amu said. “But I feel that everybody’s ready, especially in a bowl game. But this game is a game for us as a team to prove that we’re going to continue where we left off last year.”