Huskers Focused on Senior Day Battle with Gophers

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The Nebraska football team held its weekly walkthrough on Thursday for 45 minutes inside the Hawks Championship Center. Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media afterwards.

“We finished it up,” Pelini said. “I think our guys are anxious to play. I know I’m anxious to get back out there. We had a good week of practice. Good attention to detail. I think our kids are anxious to play.”

Pelini also talked about Senior Day, and handling the emotions that surround it.

“I think it’s a mature group of guys,” Pelini said. “I’ve been there. I understand that it’s an emotional day for them. It’s the last time in the stadium for them in front of the fans knowing that your career is kind of wrapping up. It’s always emotional, but once you get into the game, usually you are able to get it under control and just are able to play ball.”

He added that he has the “utmost respect” for those seniors who haven’t played in a game, but continue to practice with the team.

“That’s what makes this program special,” Pelini said. “You don’t get that across the country. You just don’t. You don’t get guys that are willing to do what (they) did. We get a lot of guys who do that and really don’t blink an eye. They come out here every day and bust their butts and understand what their role is. And you have to give those guys a lot of credit.”

Pelini also said that he would bring those players into Saturday’s game “if the situation calls for it.” He added that quarterback Tommy Armstrong had a good week of practice.

“I told him the other day to go have fun,” Pelini said. “Relax and play. Just go out there and play. Hopefully that’s what he’s going to do. I think we will like the result.”

The No. 21 (AP) Huskers battle Minnesota in their final home game of the season on Saturday at 11 a.m. Senior Day ceremonies will be before the game, which will be televised on ESPN.