The Nebraska football team ended its second full week of fall camp on Saturday morning with a two hour full-padded practice on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields northeast of Memorial Stadium. Saturday morning's workout marked the final practice for NU before the team begins classes on Monday. Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media after the morning session and was pleased with his team's effort this past week.
"It went good. We had a good practice," Pelini said. "I thought we had a good week. At this point of camp I think guys are tired of hitting each other, but we basically finished up fall camp this morning. We start school on Monday, but we'll continue on basically the same path we're on, at least up through Thursday or Friday and well start getting into our first opponent. We have to keep getting better as a football team, and keep improving our technique and our fundamentals."
Pelini also touched on the progress of the offensive unit after two weeks of installing a new offense. Pelini noted that the offense has been getting more efficient, but the Huskers must continue to become more disciplined on that side of the football.
"I think we're just getting better overall as a whole," Pelini said. "Probably our consistency needs to get better, but that's to be expected at this point. I think our knowledge of the offense is getting better. Our efficiency is better. We're still not where we want to be. We've been practicing with a lot of noise, so I think the penalty aspect of things, the false starts, the discipline, once again the efficiency of what we're doing has gotten better, but it's not exactly where we want it to be yet, but I'm seeing progress."
While several offensive linemen have been sidelined in the last week because of injury, Pelini said that the injuries have not slowed down the Huskers progress, but has given the coaches a chance to evaluate more players.
"You go practice," Pelini said. "You put guys in there and other guys have to step up. I think that's happened. We've moved a couple guys around, moved them back. We've used this time to look at a lot of guys and make some decisions. I think it's all slowly but surely coming together for us."
The Huskers will have Sunday off before returning to the practice field on Monday. Nebraska opens the season on Sept. 3 against Tennessee at Chattanooga at Memorial Stadium. Check back to Huskers.com for more updates on the Nebraska football team.