Nebraska practiced for two hours in full pads on Wednesday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Continue Bowl Preparations

By NU Athletic Communications

Orlando, Fla. - The Nebraska football team conducted a two-hour practice in full pads on Wednesday morning, continuing preparations for the Capital One Bowl with its matchup with South Carolina less than a week away.

Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck, who earned his degree from Central Florida in Orlando, met with the media following practice and said he's been encouraged by the team's effort and focus.

"It went good," Beck said of Wednesday's practice. "Our guys are practicing really hard and our retention's been good, our tempo's been good. I've been pleased. Obviously, we have a couple more days to shore up some of the finer details of the game, but I like where we're at right now."

Beck also talked about the challenge of facing South Carolina's stout defensive line, led by All-American defensive end Melvin Ingram. The Gamecocks rank fourth nationally in total defense and are second against the pass.

"They're good," Beck said. "They're great pass rushers. They make plays. Those guys do a good job and when they're not making plays, it's because they're eating up blocks and their linebackers and safeties are making plays. They're well coached and they do a really good job within their scheme."

More than 100 area high school coaches watched Wednesday's practice. Following practice, Nebraska hosted a free coaches clinic. Beck said the coaches enjoy the opportunity to visit with the coaches and make them familiar with the Husker program.

"I appreciate all these guys coming out, it's a great crowd, a great turnout. It's an opportunity to share some ideas and give them a chance to see what we're all about."

After wrapping up their second practice in Florida, the Huskers were scheduled to spend the afternoon at Universal Studios. The team will continue its preparations for the Capital One Bowl with another practice on Thursday morning.


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