Lincoln, Neb – The Nebraska football team practiced for 90 minutes in the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s game at Michigan.
Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media after practice and said quarterback Taylor Martinez is out this weekend and Tommy Armstrong Jr. will start on Saturday. Pelini also talked about the interior offensive line.
“I thought (this week) went good (for them),” Pelini said. “We have a number of different combinations we can play. We feel good about it going in. We have a number of different options and you will probably see some different combinations throughout the game.”
Pelini added that he hasn’t determined a replacement for Jake Cotton but will review Thursday’s film and talk with the offensive coaching staff. Additionally, Pelini was pleased with practice overall this week.
“It was good tempo,” Pelini said. “Now we just have to put it to the test on Saturday. I thought we made some progress this week again. We need to play well, take care of the football and make sure we play more efficiently and with more consistency than we sometimes have at points. I know the guys are going to play hard. I think they are excited to play this football game and it’s going to be a heckuva challenge going to Michigan Stadium.”
Pelini also said despite the large stadium, the Huskers need to only focus on the game.
“At the end of the day, the field is going to be the same size,” Pelini said. “There are a few more people in the stands. We have to block all that stuff out and just be ready to play. We have a lot of guys going on this trip that haven’t been there before. We have a few that have. At the end of the day, there are going to be 110,000 people or whatever it is but they aren’t going to be on the field. It’s going to be 11-on-11 and that’s what it’s going to come down to.”
The Huskers and Wolverines kick off at 2:30 p.m. Central, 3:30 p.m. local time at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised on ABC.