Thursday Practice Report

In what is the final practice before NU travels down to Manhattan to play the Wildcats, the players practiced without pads, as usual. This game marks the 87th meeting between NU and KSU, NU leading the series, 72-12-2.

The biggest announcement today had nothing to do with practice, rather the status of some players, at least academically speaking. No, nothing like that, but something more to an area Nebraska is used to residing.

Coach Frank Solich announced that some of the current Nebraska Cornhuskers were named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VII Football team. The honor speaks for itself, but it means that each of those members are now qualified to eventually be named as an Academic All-American. "We are very proud of the academic program we have here for our athletes." Solich stated. "In the sport of football, it's amazing how many academic All-Americans we have made, so right now, we have positioned ourselves with 4 All-District players on the 1st team and on the 2nd team, 7 players have made All-District in terms of academic excellence."

"And, they will be forwarded in terms of the possibilities of being academic All-Americans."

Aside from the recognition of academics, Nebraska will be recognizing the longest tenured players on the team as Nebraska will be taking all of the seniors on this trap to play Kansas State. When each school has their "senior day", roster limitations are changed to a degree, to allow for the usual compliment of traveling players, along with the additional seniors that might not normally make the trip. While Solich was obviously happy about being able to take players down that may be on their first road trip since being at NU, he recognized what the trip is all about.

"I think it's great to be able to do that [take all the seniors down]." Solich stated. "The thing everybody has to understand is, that this is a business trip and we need to function in that manner. Everyone has to be on the same page as to what we are all about from the moment we get on that bus to the moment we get back and I feel very, very confident that, that will be the case."

The continuing saga concerning Chris Kelsay's injury status seems to be at it's usual point of being "day to day", but for the second day in a row, coach Solich left a lot of room for speculation that everyone will indeed see Chris Kelsay back on the field this weekend. "He has been able to practice and function this week, so we're very encouraged by that, so it looks like he will have a good chance to suit up and play."

Nebraska will be taking the bus down to Manhattan tomorrow, go through their usual walk-through and will be staying in Manhattan for the game.

Steve Ryan can be reached at huskerconnection@neb.rr.com or 402-730-5619


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