Lincoln, Neb.- The Nebraska football team finished up its week of preparation for Saturday’s Big Ten Legends Division showdown with Michigan State on Thursday evening. The team practiced in helmets for just over 90 minutes inside the Hawks Center and outside on a beautiful Lincoln fall afternoon at the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields.
Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini met with media members after practice, noting that the team is excited to get out on the field against the Spartans.
“I think our guys are looking forward to playing the football game, we prepared well and now we have to put it to the test on Saturday.” Pelini said, “It is going to be a heck of a challenge for our kids.”
In the last few weeks, the high-powered Husker offense has been struck with the injury bug, especially on the offensive line. Even though Pelini wasn’t sure who would be available Saturday, he did assure Husker fans that NU will have five offensive lineman to start versus MSU.
“We have had some guys iffy and we will see come game time who is available.” Pelini said, “I promise you this, we will have five guys lined up on the offensive line, it is going to be their job and their challenge to step up to the task.”
Junior standout receiver Jamal Turner has a 50-50 shot at playing this weekend according to Pelini, as the receiver tries to recover from minor injuries that have plagued him during the past few weeks.
Even with first place in the Legends Division on the line for the Huskers this Saturday, Pelini believes the team is still taking the same approach to this game.
“I think our guys are always locked in, it is the same ‘business as usual,’ as far is that is concerned.” Pelini said, “Every game has great magnitude, it is the same, no different for us.”
Nebraska will have a walkthrough Friday as the team moves closer to its sixth conference game of the season. The Huskers will host the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC. Check back here at Huskers.com for updates.