Huskers Continue Practice As Spring Game Nears

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team continued their final week of spring practices on Wednesday afternoon as they took to the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field in full pads. The team practiced for just over two hours as they edged nearer to Saturday's Red-White Spring Game in Memorial Stadium.

Following practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini met with members of the media to discuss how the team planned on finishing the week, as well as the overall plan for the game on Saturday.

"Tomorrow we'll be in helmets and shoes only, and then get ready to roll it out for the spring game on Saturday," Pelini said. "For the spring game Saturday, we're just going to divide the team up evenly in red and white and there will probably be a couple guys that will have to take some reps on both sides. We'll see how it goes, but just kind of business as usual."

Pelini also discussed whether he planned on keeping the game's play basic because of the BTN broadcast of the game, emphasizing that execution and evaluation were key to the game.

"We're going to be as basic as you can get," Pelini said. "We're not going to be running our full game and stuff on either side of the football. It's just going to be basic football, line up and play. We're looking to be as basic as we can possibly be and still get a good evaluation of our guys and how they execute some of the base things."

When asked if the game play would be kept basic in order to keep early opponents in the dark, Pelini explained several reasons that the team will keep it simple.

"That's part of it, but people have seen us on film," Pelini said. "They haven't seen all the things we've done through the spring, but I don't worry about that as much. At the end of the day, it's about execution and we're not going to be blitzing all over the place or running a lot of intricate things offensively. We're going to be very nuts-and-bolts-type football and let our guys play fast and hard and have some fun."

When asked to elaborate further on how the team would be split up, Pelini stated that the coaching staff would do it in order to keep things even.

"We want to make sure that we as a staff have a pretty good handle on who's on which side, and who's there to back up guys," Pelini said. "We kind of have some shortages in a couple areas, and we want to make sure we have guys to back up at those positions and kind of have a plan to take reps off a guy that we don't want him to get too many reps."

Pelini said a running clock will likely be used in the second half of the spring game, but added that it will come down to his judgement at the time.

"I don't want it to go too short," Pelini said. "I'm just going to kind of play it by ear, kind of keep track of how many reps we get in the first half and then make a decision."

The Huskers have just one spring practice remaining on Thursday morning before the annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Tickets remain available for the event and can be purchased on Huskers.com


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