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Huskers Practice Through Blistering Heat
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
08/17/2003
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Nebraska continues to practice through all the elements in prepartion for the season opener.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Lincoln -- Battling a sweltering heat that topped the 100-degree mark, the Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on the grass fields adjacent to Memorial Stadium Sunday. The blazing temperatures started to wear on the Huskers, according to Head Coach Frank Solich.

"It was a hot one today for them," Solich said. "Going in the afternoon like we've been has made it extremely difficult on them, but that's the way it has to be. That is what camp is all about."

While Nebraska still went through a full workout, Solich said that there were minor adjustments made because of the weather. The Huskers shortened the practice by 10 minutes and went through the workout in half pads, instead of the previously schedule full-pad workout.

Following Saturday's first full scrimmage, Solich seemed satisfied with the results, especially in the passing game. "We did some good things and threw the ball fairly well. We're probably a little ahead of where we've been (in the passing game) in years past. One thing that I thought was good (considering) the heat, we were less tired, didn't make many penalties and did not turn over the ball. Those are some good things to build on."

Another positive for Solich and the Huskers will be the return of sophomore defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith, who Solich said could return to practice as early as Monday. Nebraska will work through another two-a-day practice on Monday, going at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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