While much of the workforce around the country is taking a much-needed day off for Labor Day, the Husker football team was back at it in half pads today as they prepare for week two.
Everyone on the staff and team has obviously had a chance to go over the tape from the 49-3 win over Florida Atlantic. That gives them a better feel for where to go in this week, as Pelini himself has said the jump between weeks one and two has to be big.
For junior offensive guard Ricky Henry, his first time out there was a mix of things, but overall Pelini said he did well. “I thought Ricky played well. He made some mistakes, but his effort was great (and) and he plays with a great attitude,” Pelini said. “I thought the whole group up front played pretty solid. Obviously, there’s a lot of improvement to be made, but I thought we saw some good things.”
The offensive got some good news today with the return of Keith Williams who missed the home-opener with an injury. But with the good came a bit of bad as senior guard Andy Christensen sat out of today’s practice with what Pelini called a “turf toe”, but he also went onto say he would be “fine.”
Also back at practice after a lengthy hiatus during rehab was junior tight end Dreu Young. After undergoing a medical procedure in the off-season, this will be the first time he’s been fully cleared for full contact with the rest of the team.
Even though we are just one day removed from the last game, the Husker coaches have already gone over the film of their next opponent, Arkansas State, another team from the Sun Belt Conference. The Red Wolves come off their season-opener, a 61-0 drubbing of Mississippi Valley State, the alma mater of NFL legend Jerry Rice.
With close to 500 yards in the game and over 40 points in just the first half, Pelini said that what you saw was basically what you get. “They racked up a lot of yards, and they kind of called off the dogs, too. The game kind of got out of hand early,” Pelini said. “They’re a good football team. They have a lot of talent..a lot of talent.”
His Huskers will go into this weekend’s contest actually in the plus-category of turnover margin, the Big Red plus-two as they had into week two. Last year the Huskers ranked amongst the worst in the entire country in that department, finishing the season gaining 17 turnovers, but losing 28.
So, in that regard Pelini was pleased. But he said that one other nagging issue still haunts them. “We didn’t help ourselves in the penalty area which has been a constant problem,” he said. “I thought last we had too many penalties, and it carries over. It’s just about being focused and having an attention to detail.”
Nebraska will have their Arkansas State press conference tomorrow where the Head Coach will once again be at the front talking about his team, where they are at and, of course, a lot more about the upcoming opponent. They will resume practice that following afternoon.
Currently, Nebraska is a 23 ½ point favorite over the visiting Red Wolves.
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