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Huskers Complete First Day in Full Pads
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
08/10/2003
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Head coach Frank Solich closely watches the team's workout at a recent practice.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Lincoln -- The Nebraska football team completed its first practice in full pads Sunday, working out for just over two hours on the Memorial Stadium field. Head coach Frank Solich noted that the first day in pads was an adjustment for the Huskers.

"It was a tough practice today. We went a little over two hours and you combine that with the fact that it was our first day in full pads, that made it tough on these guys, but they fought their way through it," Solich said. "It was important, of course, for them to keep replenishing the fluids in their body, because we are monitoring that very well.

"I think we've held up pretty well. We have a few guys that are not practicing, but nothing major there and we hope to be able to get those guys who have been out a few days back here shortly."

Nebraska continued repetitions of its system, but also began introducing the Oklahoma State offense and defense to the Huskers Sunday.

"We didn't have goal-line today, but we did go some scout team," Solich said. "We worked against Oklahoma State, their offense and defense for some periods to get started on that. Up to this point, we want make sure when we we're putting things in that we we're executing things well offensively and defensively. Now we'll start to build in Oklahoma State's defensive front and what they are doing offensively."

After getting through the first practice in pads, Nebraska will start its first day of two-a-day practices on Monday, where Solich said the Huskers would, "go in shorts and no pads for that morning practice. Then we'll come back with meetings in the afternoon, and the afternoon practice we'll go in pads and that'll be a little bit longer practice. It'll be a tough day on them tomorrow."

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