Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team completed their final spring practice prior to spring break Wednesday afternoon, practicing for just over two hours in full pads on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields. The team and staff will take next week off before resuming spring practices on Monday, March 26.
Following the practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini met with the media to discuss his thoughts on what he'd observed in the first three practices of the spring.
"I thought we had a good first three days of practice, a good start to spring," Pelini said. "If we can continue along this path, with the tempo and attitude we've had up through the first three days, we'll get a lot done this spring."
Pelini also said the coaching staff plans on taking a much-needed break next week along with the players.
"As a staff, we really haven't had much time off," Pelini said. "Next week, I'll give the staff off. The next couple days, we'll get prepared for the practice when we get back. You know, (secondary coach) Terry Joseph will get a chance to go home and see his family, which he hasn't seen in a couple weeks."
Joseph, who joined the Husker coaching staff last week, also spoke with media members after practice, discussing the dynamic of the secondary after the change and how he had addressed that with the players.
"The great thing is they are all young people, and they adjust well," Joseph said. "What I told them me being their new coach is, I don't want them to trust me right now. I'll earn their trust."
Joseph added that his players understand that he has authority over the secondary, and that the game plan comes down from Coach Pelini through him.
"One thing I did make clear is when I came in is I'm the new secondary coach, and we're going to do it the way I want to do it. That's coming from the top down and the way Coach Pelini wants to do that. And I think they understand that, and they respect that."
The Huskers will now take a 12-day break in conjunction with the university's official spring break before returning to campus. The team will practice an additional 11 times beginning on March 26, which will culminate in the annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m.