Lincoln -- The Huskers practiced for a solid two hours this morning in full pads, working on special teams for an additional 15 minutes.  This afternoon, the team cut back to sweats and had a shorter one hour and 30 minute practice. 

 

Head Coach Frank Solich said the practices have lightened up a bit for a reason. 

 

'We didn't run after today's practice and it was a little shorter," Solich said. "We are backing off a little bit as we go through the weekend.  This weekend should play big for us in terms of getting those guys that are injured back on the field by Monday.'

 

Solich said the coaches have decided against having a scrimmage on Thursday.  Instead, there will be a situational practice (closed to media and public).  Although there will be no live contact, Solich said they will work on game situations.  "We have a lot of situations we need to work on."  There will be just one practice on Friday (2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and it will primarily be devoted to special teams.

 

At today's practice, several Big 12 officials were on hand.  Solich said "We had big 12 officials at our practice today, and practiced the new halo rule  I'm not sure how much it will affect the returns.  It could be a situation where there are more fair catches called."

 

Coach Solich also said the captains will be named tomorrow.  The captains will again be chosen by the team and a special teams captain will be chosen each week.  'We will elect captains tomorrow and for each game in addition to the season captains, we will have an honorary special teams captain.  We feel this is a good way to reward great special teams play.'

 

In preparing for the Cowboys, Solich said the team has worked on the Oklahoma State gameplan at least one session every day this week.  Coach Solich said the scout work on both sides of the ball will continue through this week and next.