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Nebraska Focuses on Fewer Penalties, Forcing Turnovers
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
09/07/2009
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Offensive lineman Keith Williams was back at practice today after sitting out the season-opener with an injury.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Fresh off its 49-3 victory over Florida Atlantic this weekend, the Nebraska football team began preparations Monday for its Saturday afternoon matchup against Arkansas State. The Huskers completed a 90-minute workout held at the Ed and Joyanne Practice Fields northeast of Memorial Stadium.

NU's focus today remained on forcing turnovers. The Huskers posted three Florida Atlantic turnovers on Saturday and hope to keep the trend going against Arkansas State.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini commented on Nebraska's takeaways against FAU.

"It's huge," Pelini said. "It's a big emphasis we've had and it's something we need to keep going. We keep talking about turnover margin. Unfortunately we didn't help ourselves in the penalty area very much, which has been a constant problem. It's that area we have to get fixed and we have to continue with the takeaways and protecting the football."

Nebraska committed nine penalties against the Owls for a loss of 86 yards. This week, the Huskers will look to reduce those penalties in practice.

 "I thought last year we had too many penalties and it carries over," Pelini said. "You practice the way you're going to play and those things creep up in practice and you're sloppy. It's just about being focused and paying attention to detail. We have to help ourselves."

While offensive lineman Andy Christensen was sidelined with a minor injury today, Nebraska continues to push through injuries, as offensive lineman Keith Williams was back at practice.

The Huskers will continue to prepare for its season against the Owls with another practice Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln.

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