Nebraska begins bowl prep for USC

Nebraska began bowl prep for USC on Wednesday night.

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska football team returned to the practice field on Wednesday for an hour-long practice in the Hawks Practice Facility. It was the Huskers first official practice since the Iowa game on Black Friday and the first without former head coach Bo Pelini.

“It was a good practice today, very high tempo, a lot of good energy and a good serious conditioning session after practice,” Nebraska interim head coach Barney Cotton said. “Up-beat practice—proud of them today.

“I am basically telling them four things—honor God with your effort. Honor your teammates with your effort. Honor Coach Bo (Pelini) with your loyalty and love and support, along with your effort. And let’s reveal our character one last time in the Holiday Bowl.”

According to Cotton, the coaching staff has been receiving great reviews from Nebraska strength and conditioning coach James Dobson over the last two weeks, as players have been working in the weight room and through conditioning practices.

“I have been stopping down in the training room, everyone is trying to get themselves healed up for the bowl game and we are encouraging the guys to finish strong academically," said Cotton.


* Players that did not dress out included: OL.) Ryne Reeves, OL.) Zach Sterup, OL.) Mark Pelini, LB.) Trevor Roach, S.) Corey Cooper, DE.) Randy Gregory, and RB Ameer Abdullah (not an injury, but in Orlando for CFB Awards Ceremony).

* Cotton said they hope to have Gregory back for the game, but it's not a given. The three offensive line first listed above are out for sure. They actually had a scooter race today at the end of practice, which everyone on the team really enjoyed. Pelini won.

* Cotton said the team will only practice about 1.5 hours each practice and spend more time in weight room leading up to the game.

* Cotton said he will reach out to Nebraska head coach Mike Riley when he gets back from the road for advice on USC's players. Riley's old team, Oregon State, played USC earlier this year.

* Cotton and the coaching staff is reminding players that while it might be their last time together, it's very likely a new coaching staff will be evaluating them over the next few weeks, so to remember to have good practices for the first impression.

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