Huskers wrap up practice for Tennessee-Chattanooga

After nearly a month of preparations, the Nebraska football team conducted its final practice of the week on Thursday before the season opener this Saturday against UT-Chattanooga. The Huskers utilized the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields northeast of Memorial Stadium for just over 90 minutes, while practicing in helmets only.

According to Head Coach Bo Pelini, the Huskers along with the coaching staff are anxious to kick off the season on Saturday.

“I thought we had a good week of practice,” Pelini said. “I think our guys are anxious to play, and I think we as a staff are anxious to see where we are so we can keep getting better. I'm looking forward to putting this team out there and seeing where we are right now.”

One topic covered in Coach Pelini's session with the media after practice was the true freshmen that have a chance at seeing game action this weekend. Pelini was impressed with his young players, and is looking forward to seeing them translate their hard work in practice onto the playing field.

“I think they did pretty good considering we didn't really hold a lot back,” Pelini said. “Obviously, it's different on each side of the football, but I thought our guys responded well. That's the key, once it gets to Saturday is seeing how they respond once the lights come on. It's one thing to do it in practice and execute what we're asking them to do, it's another thing to take the little adjustments you make, the little intricacies of what happens in a game plan, and putting them to work on Saturday. That's what we're looking forward to seeing.”

 

On the injury front, Pelini confirmed after practice that senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will not play on Saturday because of a leg injury.

The Huskers and Mocs are set to kick off from Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. As a reminder, more than 55 members of the 1971 Nebraska National Championship team will be honored at halftime of the game. For complete coverage of the Nebraska football team, check back to Huskers.com.