Lincoln -- The Huskers completed preparations for their Friday matchup with Colorado with a short workout in Memorial Stadium on Thursday. Practicing in sweat clothes, the Huskers practiced from 1 to 2:30 p.m. as there were not any class conflicts.
Coach Frank Solich said the extra time to prepare for Colorado has been beneficial as it gave the Huskers some time to heal. Solich said most everyone should be ready to go by Friday.
Although the 10 a.m. start time is the earliest the Huskers have kicked off, Solich said they will not ask the players to rise too early on Thursday. The team will have the option of attending chapel or mass at 9:30 a.., then after meetings, the Huskers will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their team, staff and families at 11 a.m., before departing for Colorado at 2 p.m., central. Nebraska will have a short walkthrough at Folsom Field upon arrival (scheduled for 4 p.m., but could be as early as 3:30 p.m, depending on arrival time). Coach Solich will be available for a quick soundbite upon arrival.
The ballots were due today to vote for the three finalists for the Ray Guy punter award. Nebraska senior Kyle Larson, who has a 45.7 punting average this season, is one of 10 semifinalists and the finalists will be announced next week. Solich said Larson, who was named the Special Teams captain for Friday's game, has had a great season and has kept the ball away from some of the conference’s best return men.