Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team began to wind down its week of practices for Idaho State on Thursday afternoon. The team took to the Hawks Championship Center and the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field for 90 minutes, working out in jerseys and shorts in preparation for their non-conference matchup with the Bengals on Saturday.
Following practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke with the media for several minutes on what he expects to see from his football team this weekend.
"We had a good week of preparation," Pelini said. "I just told our team, we're going to find out a lot about our football team this week. We have to come out and be ready to attack this football team from the start. We're looking forward to the challenge."
When asked about whether this Husker squad is more battle-tested at this point in the season than last year, Pelini said he likes the maturity he's seen from the Huskers up to this point.
"I've said all along, I like our leadership," Pelini said. "I like our football team and the character we have. We're going to need that going forward. Our work ethic has been pretty steady. We're not riding the highs and the lows. It's just understanding that we're not where we need to be yet as a football team. We've got to keep working day-in and day-out as a football team to do it."
Pelini also stated that sophomore defensive tackle Chase Rome has elected to return to the team and is available for this weekend's game.
"Chase Rome is back with the football team," Pelini said. "He got through some issues and was ready to come back. He's been in practice with us all week."
The Huskers will conduct a final walk-through practice on Friday before facing Idaho State on Saturday afternoon. The contest is slated for a 2:30 p.m. CDT kickoff and will be broadcast on BTN.