Back in Black

Check out the latest on the Huskers as they continue preparations for this weekend's game against the Texas Longhorns.

After practice today, junior linebacker Steve Octavien was seen walking out of practice. What made this day different than the rest was that the blackshirt he once had but lost earlier in the season, was now back on.

Head coach Bill Callahan said that Octavien was indeed back in black, and they were excited to see him back at full speed. "He practiced well today. It was good to have him back at full speed," Callahan said. "He's anxious to get back into the mix again."

For undisclosed reasons Octavien lost his blackshirt at the beginning of the seaosn, and up to today had not had it since. Stemming from one game at the beginning of the year last year to spring this year, where Octavien only increased the hype around him, the junior LB has basically disappeared.

Coach Callahan couldn't speak to the reason why he had his jersey back, but said that physically, he's ready to go, and his contributions will not be constrained to just defense.

"He's working on all the special teams (and) doing everything on defense. So, there's no question in my mind that he's 100 percent," Callahan said.

Octavien's consistent presence will be welcome with the status of redshirt junior linebacker Corey McKeon still not quite ready to go. Coach Callahan said of McKeon, that he practiced for a limited amount of time today, but was "backed down", and finished the practice session with treatments.

He is described at this point as day-to-day.

With Octavien back, though, the Husker head coach liked the options he had in the linebacking corps. "We've got some flexibility now with Steve, Bo and Stew, so it's a good situation right now," he said.

Nebraska will conclude practices tomorrow, but will not go in pads. That will be followed by a walk through on Friday, and then the game on Saturday, which is scheduled to kick off at 11:00 A.M. Central Time

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