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Oakland, Calif. – The Nebraska football team kicked off its second full day in the Bay Area with a 90-minute practice Wednesday morning at Laney College in Oakland. Following practice, the Huskers headed back to downtown San Francisco to attend the Foster Farms Bowl Kickoff Luncheon.
Wednesday’s practice marked Nebraska’s third consecutive practice day and second straight practice in California. With the Foster Farms Bowl set for Saturday, the Huskers are able to utilize a normal game-week schedule, which included a final day off on Sunday and will culminate with a practice at Stanford University on Friday.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf met with the media following Wednesday’s practice and talked about the Huskers’ preparation for the Foster Farms Bowl.
“We’ve had good work. We had good work last week at home,” Langsdorf said. “This ends up being a fine-tune period as we go through the week, but we’ve got a couple more days to keep going."
Nebraska played its best football in the month of November according to head coach Mike Riley and during that time, junior tight end Cethan Carter has emerged. Langsdorf said Carter is a threat in both the running and passing games, and the staff is looking for ways to get him even more involved.
“He’s been a great threat pass catching, and he’s really a physical blocker,” Langsdorf said of Carter. “I think that’s where he’s really improved is his blocking, being real physical in there. Of course, he’s a weapon in the passing game too. It’s been good to try and find different ways to get him the ball.
“We’re trying to move him around a little bit and get him in the right matchup. A lot of times he’s a mismatch for defenders. We’re trying to move him to get him to the No. 1 option.”
In addition to discussing Saturday’s game with UCLA, Langsdorf mentioned the benefits of extra bowl practices for the younger players on the Husker roster.
“We had a lot of really good work in Lincoln,” Langsdorf said, referring to Nebraska’s early bowl practices before focus switched to game preparation. “We’ve had a lot of extra work for the young guys, dedicated young guy periods. It’s been really beneficial for those guys to get reps.”
The Huskers will hit the practice field again on Thursday afternoon, following a morning tour of Alcatraz. Head Coach Mike Riley will address the media for a final time on Friday prior to the team’s walk-through at Stanford. Kickoff between Nebraska and UCLA is set for 8:15 p.m. (Central) Saturday on ESPN, with pregame coverage beginning at 3 p.m. on the Husker Sports Network. Nebraska is making its 52nd all-time bowl appearance in the Foster Farms Bowl, the third-highest total in NCAA history.