Bell says it's on the players

Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell came to the defense of his head coach on Tuesday, saying five turnovers is on the players.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Over the years, Nebraska junior wide receiver Kenny Bell has always been quick to support his teammates – especially when quarterback Taylor Martinez has taken criticism.

On Tuesday, he was once again supporting someone in the program – his head coach.

"It's disappointing, because a lot of the blame will be pointed at the head man, the coaching staff, but you can only do so much," said Bell. "When your guys turn it over five times, is it a coaching thing? Or just a mental thing by a player? I think it's time as players we take responsibility. Coach Bo won't do it, he's going to put the thumb at himself, that's the type of man it is and it's impressive, but I will be the first one to set up as a man and say 'I didn't everything I could of to be the best.'"

More from Bell.

"It makes me sick. People are always going to have their opinions," said Bell. "But commonsense and the stat line show we were obviously in the right defenses and the right offenses, but five turnovers makes it hard to beat any team, let alone a good one when you turn over the ball five times. It's a tough pill to swallow as a player knowing you handed that one away."

On Monday, Bo Pelini was asked about the pressure he is feeling personally as his team winds down the final two games of the year against Penn State and Iowa. Nebraska is currently 7-3 and Pelini has never won less than nine games in his first five seasons in Lincoln.

"At the end of the day, my job is to win football games," said Pelini. "That's my approach. I'm not changing my approach. Regardless of what position we are in, I don't change my approach in how I do my job."

While that was the complete answer the local media received, Pelini did talk exclusively to George Schroeder of the USA Today regarding his job security.

"You know what? People are gonna say what they want to say," he told the USA Today. "I really don't care. If they want someone – if somebody wants someone else – so be it. I'll move on.

"I know what I know, and I believe in what we're doing. I believe in how we're doing it. We do it the right way here. That's about it. That's all you can do."

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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