Wednesday Practice Report

Nebraska continued practices as the long week and a half continues before they will kickoff the final regular season game of the year. It's a time where everyone wants to finish off strong, so the practices building up to it are becoming a little more intense.

Sitting underneath the South stands, if you are so inclined you can hear practice to a certain degree out on Tom Osborne field. Well, not much, but sometimes.

Tonight as we were waiting for the end of practice, you could hear it and it was like you were standing in the huddle. Working goal-line which is always one of the more spirited sessions the team runs, it was just that. "Yeah, it was pretty intense." Offensive lineman, Mike Erickson said. "Guys were going at it pretty good.

"I think the offense got the upper hand today though."

Offensive players will say that and the defensive players will say that, but while they may disagree on the outcome, all agreed on the energy that the team was bringing even with more than a week before CU arrives in Lincoln . "You can't let up." Defensive end, Wali Muhammad said. "You've got to go twenty-four-seven."

 

There are some players that aren't just glad to "go", but wish that after this game they didn't have to. Two players that have been at Nebraska seemingly forever are offensive linemen, Jake Andersen and Mike Erickson, both going into their final years.

 

For each, it wouldn't be so bad if they could stick around to see this offense after all the kinks are worked out. "I think about that and kind of wish I was coming back." Erickson said. "After everything that we have been through this year, you kind of want to actually see what you can do when everyone starts out the season knowing what's going on."

 

"I don't think about it too much." Andersen said. "But, it would be nice to start out the year knowing what you are doing instead of having to learn something new all over again."

 

Someone that will get to come back on the offensive line and see what this offense is like after everything is in place is Sophomore, Kurt Mann. The center is going to be happy when next season arrives if only because he's not going to have to learn where to stand, where to put his feet and which direction is which. "It will be nice just to re-learn everything." He said. "It will be nice just to get as good as we can at this instead of having to do something totally new."

 

What's not new is the story that goes something like, if you don't win against Colorado , Nebraska will have lost one of the most coveted streaks around and for the first time in longer than any of them have been alive, they will be staying home after the regular season.

 

It's a story that if you were to tell any of the Husker players right now, you would get quotes like "we aren't thinking about that", "we aren't thinking about a streak, we are thinking about a win" and of course, "we don't think of what we have to lose, but what we have to gain.". And, you would have to say that's about right. The cliché's fit.

 

Just to give you an idea of how long this streak has gone on for the Huskers, check out what was going on the last year that NU didn't make a bowl game.

            -           Richard M. Nixon  was the President of the United States

-                      Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins—take man's first walk on moon

-                      The New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles in 5 games to win the World Series

-                      The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in SuperBowl IV

-           The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA title, Boston's 10th in the last 11 years.

Nebraska will resume practices tomorrow, the players will then have Friday and Saturday off and then resume meetings on Sunday and back to preparations for Colorado that Monday as the home stretch begins. Nebraska 's press conference will also be on Monday, the entire week moved up a day in order to compensate for the holiday weekend.


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