The Huskers enjoy Christmas in the Bay area

The Nebraska football team enjoyed the Christmas holiday in the Bay Area with a full day of activity both on and off the field.

NU Media Relations:

The Nebraska football team enjoyed the Christmas holiday in the Bay Area with a full day of activity both on and off the field.

The Huskers spent Christmas morning serving the San Francisco community at St. Anthony's Dining Room, which annually serves more than a million meals to local residents living in poverty. Coach Mike Riley and all team members took part in the outreach events, serving in two shifts at St. Anthony's.

The Foster Farms Bowl has had a long commitment to helping fight hunger in the Bay Area and that tradition continued on Friday morning with both Nebraska and UCLA helping serve and prepare meals. 

"The people that run (St. Anthony's) are phenomenal," Riley said. "It's just a special thing that you get to do and gives you some perspective. I know our players were really into it."

The Huskers will wrap up their preparation for Saturday night's Foster Farms Bowl with an afternoon practice at the University of Stanford practice fields. After three days of practice on the FieldTurf at Laney College, the trip to Stanford allows the Huskers a day of preparation on natural grass fields similar to Levi's Stadium.

Between the morning trip to St. Anthony's and the afternoon workout, Riley met with the media for the final time before Saturday's game. Riley said the Huskers are in good health heading into the game, with only linebacker Marcus Newby likely to miss the contest with a groin injury.

Riley also shared the following pieces of news at his media session:

* Riley said his team has really enjoyed the week, noting that about 75 percent of the team had never been to the Bay Area. Riley said the players have enjoyed experiencing the city, including a bus tour of the city and a visit to Alcatraz.

* Riley said he told his team yesterday afternoon that it was now time to "stop walking around the city and get off their feet."

* Riley re-iterated earlier comments during bowl preparation that he expects UCLA to be as fast of a team as Nebraska has faced all season.

* Riley confirmed that Aaron Williams will be used as Nebraska's top nickel back on Saturday, with Joshua Kalu staying at the corner position rather than moving to the nickel spot.

* Senior I-back Imani Cross is expected to earn the start in his Husker finale, however Riley said both Terrell Newby and Devine Ozigbo should see plenty of action.

Nebraska will continue with its normal routine for the evening before a game on Friday night, and its regular game-day preparation on Saturday. The matchup between Nebraska and UCLA will kick off at 8:20 p.m. CT with the game televised by ESPN.


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