It’s nothing new from Nebraska’s first-year Head Coach, a post-practice where
you can tell Bo Pelini isn’t exactly pleased. Known for wearing his emotions on
his sleeve to an extent, if practice went well you know, because he’ll tell you.
He’ll also tell you if it didn’t.
It didn’t today.
"Average at best. (We) got a lot to get fixed," he said. "We weren’t good
enough to beat Virginia Tech today, but it’s only Wednesday, so.."
Pelini has said before that perfection is what he strives for, mental
mistakes at a minimum and effort being at its absolute highest. He said he got
one today, but not so much of the other. "Their effort is good. They are working
hard, (but) there are too many mental mistakes," he said.
On the good-news front, though, those returning this week from injuries which
had them either out or limited, are making solid progress now that they are
back. "They have done well. They are feeling good," Pelini said of sophomore
cornerback Anthony West, junior safety Rickey Thenarse and sophomore defensive
end Rickey Thenarse.
One player who still isn’t back and isn’t expected to play this weekend,
according to the Head Coach, is senior fullback Thomas Lawson, who continues to
recover from an appendicitis last week.
Against New Mexico State Nebraska adjusted to his absence by using the tight
ends coming out of that fullback position as well as running a lot of one-back
sets. Pelini said that he was confident with what they had back there even
though Lawson won’t play. "We feel good about those guys. It gives us the
ability to put them on the ball (and) off the ball," Pelini said of the tight
ends. "Obviously we have (Justin) Makovicka, too."When Thomas comes back full,
when he’s feeling a hundred percent, obviously we will have another guy. So, we
feel we have enough depth at that spot."
If Nebraska stays consistent in practices to what they have done thus far
this season, the team should go half-pads tomorrow and finish up the week with
the traditional walk-through on Friday.
However, that’s up to the Head Coach, of course, and if the team didn’t
finish the padded practices with the kind of execution that he said he expects,
don’t rule out the potential that the team could go with another padded practice
tomorrow. "We want perfection, and it wasn’t there today," Pelini said.
:Weather for the 7:00 p.m. kickoff against the Hokies is expected to be in
the upper-60s, mostly clear with little wind. Currently, Nebraska is a
seven-point favorite over Virginia Tech.
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