You wouldn't think any player on
the team would have to be reminded. You wouldn't think that anyone currently a
Husker would have to even be told. The up-coming game and what's on the line,
that should be message enough.
"A bowl-streak, a winning-season,
that's big, that's huge. So, we are going to have to ante up and a play a little
tougher on Friday."
Friday, it will have been almost two weeks since the Huskers took the field in
an actual game. During that time, Callahan said that practices have been up to
this point have been a lot more physical than before. More live scrimmaging,
more intensity and all the things seen hoping to have the team translate that to
the game against the ‘Buff.
is a downside, however, to the live scrimmaging as what Callahan professed at
being worried about all year reared its ugly head last week. Defensive tackle,
Brandon Teamer is doubtful for the game, out with a knee injury. Wide receiver,
Isaiah Fluellen is doubtful for the game due to a tendon injury in his foot.
And, Brandon Jackson is questionable, still recovering from a knee injury he
incurred last week.
the good side, a player that has been playing injured most of the year finally
has had a chance to get some real rest on his aching foot, Ross stating that his
foot is feeling better than it has since the injury occurred.
the theme in place for what is at stake for the Huskers, the subject of
offensive lineman, Darren DeLone was still going to be a particular item of
interest. Not for Callahan though, as he stated that DeLone would play this
weekend, but outside of that, he had no comments on the matter, deferring to the
judicial system and that it's in their hands now.
and of particular interest are the stories of players possibly transferring from
the team. Defensive lineman – Danny Muy, Offensive lineman – Cory Timm and
Offensive lineman – Chris Patrick. Callahan addressed their situations as they
stand right now.
Danny Muy – "I really like Danny and
it's too bad things didn't work out for him. I think he felt mutually that he
would be best served in a program where he can see some playing time earlier for
Chris Patrick – "I talked to his father
this morning and he's mulling over the decision of possibly returning to the
squad. After talking to his father, we would certainly want him back. I
indicated that to Chris in my meeting with him, that I want him back with the
team. I encouraged him to persevere and to keep working."
now, he's working hard to possibly come back. I don't know. It will be decided
tonight whether he returns to the team or not."
Ryan Schuler – "I don't even know him.
I really don't. I have met him once or twice. He underwent some problems with
blood clots unfortunately. But, he was on medical, so I don't know why this
comes as a surprise to anyone."
Cory Timm – "He has left temporarily to
try and get a grip on his academics. He was a little bit behind the eight-ball
and it was in his best interests to really do a better job in the classroom. So,
he's working hard in trying to redeem himself academically if he decides to come
loss of players after such a dramatic change in the coaching staff shouldn't
come as a surprise. Clashes in personality, the reality of where they sit on the
depth chart, all are reasons that many players throughout the country see as
solid enough to look elsewhere for time.
hoped that he wouldn't see a continual migration out, because, he's not ruling
any players out for the future. "I hope they stay." Callahan said. "I like this
team. I'd like to see it to continue to grow in every respect."
now, Callahan estimates that he's somewhere in the high seventy range as far as
scholarship players on the team right now.
is a bottom line to the press conference and it's quite obviously the bottom
line to what this team has riding on the line this Friday. It's typical to all
the cliché's, but the one that seemingly fits the best is "do or die".
win, you move on – you lose, you stay home. With a college football division
that doesn't have a playoff, this certainly pans out as one, Nebraska looking to win
just to stay alive. "It's been a trying season." Callahan said. "We've put
ourselves in this situation and we have an opportunity to get out of it this
weekend. We are working towards a win and looking forward to that on
game is slated to kickoff at 11:00 A.M. and will be aired on ABC sports.