Practice continues, but without Joe Ganz

Nebraska went inside Hawks Championship Indoor Center as practices continue through the bye-week as the Huskers prepare for the season-ending match up with the Colorado Buffaloes. So many questions about so many things, the one on the tip of everyone's tongue today was "where's Joe?"

Nebraska continues their bye-week practices as they get ready to get into full swing in preparing for the traditional season-ending match up with the Colorado Buffaloes. But for at least today the Huskers did so without their marquee offensive player.

Senior quarterback Joe Ganz didn't practice today, but Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach Shawn Watson said that it's nothing more than giving their main signal-caller a little breather. "We're just resting him. We put some time into Pat. We put sometime into Zach (and) let them go a little bit," Watson said.

With Ganz not participating that meant a lot more reps between the two back ups, Watson saying they split time between them down the middle. "Even reps. It's just to develop them and bring them along, that's all. Nothing more, nothing less,"he said. "(We) got a chance to give them some extra reps and let Joe rest up a little bit, and we did that today."

Back for the second day in a row, though, were offensive linemen senior Lydon Murtha and sophomore Jaivorio Burkes, who have missed some days due to injury. Expected to be back at some point over the next week, perhaps as early as this Sunday, is junior linebacker Phillip Dillard. Suffering from an ankle injury close to four weeks ago, Dillard has been in an orthopedic boot for much of that time. Head Coach Bo Pelini said yesterday that Dillard is showing good straight-line running, but his ability to cut is where the progression still has to take place.

The Huskers went half-pads today, and for the second day in a row went with a skeleton crew consisting of the Head Coach, Watson and G.A.s as the assistants are out hitting the road in recruiting.

Stay tuned to Big Red Report as we will continue to update you on where those assistants are going or have been as Nebraska makes one of the last big pushes for recruits around the country as we continue the countdown to Signing Day.

Check out the full audio with Coach Watson as he talks about the back quarterback situation, the offensive progression, the value of his tight ends, and, of course, the Colorado Buffaloes, a team which still has some players he recruited when he was an assistant back in Boulder.

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