Nebraska continues preparations for Cowboys

Nebraska went inside the Hawks Center for today's practice, continuing preprations for Oklahoma State. The Huskers, coming off the loss to Texas, are trying to rebound. Mentally, that doesn't seem to be a problem, but the issue has been about who is healthy and who isn't. Head coach Bill Callahan talked a bit about that and how the preparations are going thus far.

The team practiced in full bads inside of the Hawks Center today, and according to to the head coach, it was a spirited and productive session. "It was a good practice today. I really liked the way we practiced today," Bill Callahan said. "We did a lot of situational review. We worked on our third down package, short yardage, goal-line (and) our play action and drop back passing."

"All in all, it was a really good day."

As Nebraska prepares for Oklahoma State, the health bug is an issue, which has raised questions as to just how ready linebackers Corey McKeon and Steve Octavien will be for the game. Coach Callahan said that they were progressing along fine.

One player who is expected to play,but will be hampered, is junior cornerback Andre Jones. During the Texas game, Jones suffered a fracture in his thumb on his left hand, which is now casted around the outside of the hand and the thumb. Defensive backs coach Phil Elmassian said that the injury wouldn't slow him down and that he too would be ready to go for the game.

Junior offensive lineman Carl Nicks has been moved to the left tackle spot, according to the head coach, backing up junior lineman Chris Patrick. Sophomore tackle Lydon Murtha has been moved to the right, backing up fellow sophomore Matt Slauson.

Callahan said of Nicks, that he's been progressing very well as of late. "This week has been a real good week for him. I know Coach Wagner feels real confident about his performance on the field," Callahan said.

"These last two practices, he has really, really improved. We are really encouraged by that and hopefully he will see some time on Saturday. He's more comfortable back on the left side."

Coach Callahan did say that both Murthan and Nicks were interchangeable, but this was where they would be slotted at as of right now.

Nebraska will resume practice tomorrow, hitting full pads for the last time this week as they continue to prepare for the 2:30 p.m. game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys down in Stillwater.

For the full practice audio, where Bill Callahan talks about everything above and more, check out our Sound Bytes from today's practice.

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