Bo Pelini and the Huskers open Big Ten play against Illinois on Homecoming in Lincoln.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Focus on Fighting Illini

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers met with members of the media Monday at Memorial Stadium to discuss Saturday's Big Ten Conference opener with Illinois.

Kickoff between the Huskers (3-1) and the Fighting Illini (3-1) is set for 11 a.m. with live television coverage on ESPNU.

Illinois has displayed a potent offense through the first four games, featuring senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. The four-year starter out of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., has accounted for nearly 8,000 yards of total offense in his career, including more than 6,000 through the air.

The Fighting Illini's lone loss came at the hands of a ranked Washington team, and Illinois is coming off a lopsided win over Miami (Ohio)  this past Saturday. With three victories this season, the Illini have already surpassed their season total from a year ago, when they finished 2-10 in Coach Tim Beckman's first season at the helm.

Nebraska, which is coming off a bye week, will celebrate Homecoming at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Huskers also hope to celebrate the return of four-year senior starting quarterback Taylor Martinez to the lineup, after he sat out the South Dakota State game with an injury.

A full transcript of Pelini's session with the media, along with full quotes from senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, senior offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles, junior I-Back Ameer Abdullah and freshman defensive end Avery Moss are available in the links below.


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