Orlando, Fla. - The Nebraska football
team practiced for the third straight morning in Orlando, working through wet
conditions during a two-hour, half-padded practice at Freedom High School on
Following practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini
addressed the media and said he's been pleased with the effort of his team thus
far in preparations for the Capital One Bowl matchup with No. 6 Georgia.
"It was a good practice. We've had a good
week so far," Pelini said. "We'll finish it up tomorrow and then get ready to
play a football game. The attention to detail has been good. The kids have been
practicing hard and with really good tempo. It's getting close now."
With kickoff in the Capital One Bowl only three
days away, Pelini noted that although his team has been focused throughout the
week, he's seen an increased focus as the game gets closer.
"I think our guys have been pretty locked in
for the whole week," Pelini said. "I've noticed you see a lot more guys in the
hotel a lot earlier as the week's gone on. They know that the game is right
around the corner now."
The Capital One Bowl will mark the final game
for 29 Husker seniors, and Pelini had positive things to say about the group
following Saturday's practice.
"It's a good group," Pelini said. "Not only what
they did for this football program, but who they are as people and how they've
represented the program. It's hard to see them go, but after this game, it
becomes time to turn the page and head to the next chapter of the program. We're
looking forward to the opportunity we have coming up (against Georgia)."
One of those 29 seniors is fan favorite Rex
Burkhead, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, the captain of the 2012 Allstate
AFCA Good Works Team and a preseason All-American who has played in only seven
games this season due to injury, but is healthy for the Capital One Bowl.
"He does everything the right way," Pelini
said of the senior I-back. "He's a special man. You kind of have in your mind
in recruiting about what that kid can mean to your program and it's not real
often that they exceed those expectations, and I think he's done that every
step of the way. He's meant a lot to the program, and I think he's a guy,
because of everything he represents, that will be remembered for a long time at
the University of Nebraska."
Switching the focus to sixth-ranked Georgia,
Pelini was asked to comment on Jarvis Jones, the Bulldogs' All-America
linebacker who was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and enters the bowl
game as the nation's leader in tackles for loss, while ranking third in sacks.
"He's got all the tools. He's a good football
player," Pelini said about Jones. "He plays hard, he's very athletic and can
run. He's a physical football player. He's a good player."
Nebraska will talk more about its
preparations for the Capital One Bowl on Saturday afternoon during a press
conference at the media hotel. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck, defensive
coordinator John Papuchis, Burkhead and senior linebacker Will Compton will participate
in the press conference, along with Georgia's offensive and defensive
coordinators and two players.
The Huskers will hold a full team practice
for the final time on Sunday, before a walk-through on Monday. Kickoff between
Nebraska and Georgia in the 2013 Capital One Bowl is set for Noon (Central) on
Tuesday, Jan. 1.