Lincoln - Thursday was Election Day for the Nebraska football team, as four captains were chosen by their teammates and introduced to the media at the conclusion of a two-hour workout inside Memorial Stadium.
Fullback Judd Davies (Omaha, Neb.), defensive end Trevor Johnson (Lincoln, Neb.), quarterback Jammal Lord (Bayonne, N.J) and Will linebacker Demorrio Williams (Beckville, Texas) were tabbed by their teammates. The four selections marked the first time since the 1999 season that Nebraska will have four captains, as NU had six captains in 2000, five in 2001 and three last season.
"I think all four are guys that have showed leadership throughout the summer and in winter conditioning," Solich said. "I think those are good choices."
Solich thinks all four players have shown the ability to be successful captains and take on the leadership for the 2003 campaign.
"(Being a captain) is the same role you would like them to take every season - to display leadership in practice, on the field in games, off the field and in everything they do," Solich said. "You want them to be guys who can at times be vocal, but also have to do the right things when they have to lead by their actions. I think they will be those type of guys. They have displayed that up to this point, so I feel very comfortable with those guys as captains."
While the announcement of captains highlighted the practice, Solich said the Huskers were busy Thursday, as the days continued to dwindle before the Aug. 30 opener against nationally ranked Oklahoma State. The Huskers worked on various situations that they may encounter on a typical game day. Solich said the contact was kept to a minimum, as NU has worked out every day since opening camp on Aug. 6. The Huskers have two more days of practice this week before a much-anticipated day off on Sunday.
"It went fairly well today," Solich said. "We tried to cover a lot of scenarios to see what the process is all about. There are a lot of things we identified that we need to get better at and get corrected. It was not a physically demanding practice for them since we will work tomorrow and Saturday."
The Huskers will practice Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., with coaches and players will be available following practice. NU will practice Saturday morning before the annual Photo Day festivities take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium.