Notebook: Pelini's Wednesday Q&A

After Wednesday's practice, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini gave some insight as to how the next few days will go leading up to Saturday's much anticipated Red-White Spring Game.

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"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."

Spring game tactics

Last spring marked offensive coordinator Tim Beck's first game as Nebraska's play caller, and it was established well before the game that the Huskers wouldn't be revealing much of the playbook.

Now, in his second year, Beck and Co. will surely be trusted to let dogs out, right? Well, not exactly.

"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."

BTN to blame?

So how much of this watered-down game plan has to do with the Big Ten Network's coverage of the game?

Some will argue that broadcasting the game is a recruiting advantage. Others could make the case that Nebraska's early season opponents—Southern Mississippi and UCLA—will have the added advantage of already seeing Nebraska play.

"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."

Splitting Up

The Huskers are currently a little banged up according to Coach Pelini, so it will be the coaching staff's job to make some much needed adjustments come Saturday.

"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," he explained. "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."

It was confirmed that a running-clock will be used in the second half, but Pelini doesn't have a pre-determined time-frame in mind.

"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."

- Josh Harvey -

J.C. Reid has worked for Big Red Report magazine and since December of 2011. He is currently a junior at UNL, studying Journalism.
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