Nebraska practice report (12-15-15)

With finals in full force, Nebraska practiced for just under two hours on Tuesday in prep for UCLA.

With finals in full force, the Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours on Tuesday in prep for UCLA. 

Both offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and defensive coorinator Mark Banker talked with the media. 

"We just talked about not being able to live with turnovers," Langsdorf said. "That's just something that is a huge indicator in a win and a loss, so we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I think he (Tommy Armstrong Jr.) knows that. We've looked closely at how we carry the ball when we're running with it and then decision making and who we're throwing to and if they're open and the timing of it and the ball placement and all of it. There's more and more work to do and we just have to keep growing and learn from the mistakes and play better the next week."

Banker talked about the challenge UCLA's offense will bring with a talented freshman quarterback, Josh Rosen, at the helm.

"I think he's mature beyond his years," Banker said. "They've obviously done a good job of preparing him. I happen to see quite a few of his games.I've always enjoyed watching their team, both on offense and on defense. We've had a chance to study him. He's a very accurate passer, he knows where he's going with the ball.He does a really nice job. He has good command of the offense and a very, very accurate passer."

HARVEY’S DONUTS:

* Nebraska head coach Mike Riley confirmed senior cornerback Jonathan Rose was off the team for a violation of team rules. Rose had already been suspended two games prior this season.

* Riley also had bad news regarding defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg, who will need knee surgery, but should be back before the 2016 season. The redshirt freshman will miss the spring. Just last week Stoltenberg had told Scout.com he was excited to try to weigh 300 pounds in the spring to see if his mobility suffered.

* The team practiced for only about 1.5 hours with today being one of the biggest days when it comes to finals week. It would be silly to even speculate who wasn’t with the team with so many players taking tests.

* Linebacker Marcus Newby did not practice on Tuesday, but was in attendance. Head coach Mike Riley had confirmed heading into bowl prep the linebacker is not 100 percent.


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