Pelini Focused on Improvement
Lincoln - Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini met the media on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium to discuss the Huskers' upcoming game against Iowa State on Saturday.
The Huskers (4-2 overall, 1-1 Big 12) and Cyclones (4-3, 1-2) will clash on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in a game televised nationally by FSN.
Pelini said the Huskers are focusing on improvement each day in practice across the board after last Saturday's home loss to Texas Tech. Much of the time spent at the press conference involved Nebraska's starting quarterback competition between junior Zac Lee and true freshman Cody Green.
Lee has started each of Nebraska's first six games, while Green saw his most extensive action of the season during the fourth quarter against Texas Tech.
Pelini emphasized that Saturday's starting quarterback would be decided by "execution" at the position in practice, just like every other position on the field. He also said nothing had changed at the position.
“Execution. It’s always across the board at every position we have, it’s always in essence a game-time decision. We don’t make announcements and things like that," Pelini said. "You earn your playing time by how you play during the week and your execution during the week. Right now at that position nothing has really changed. That’s where it stands right now.”
While much of the conversation involved Nebraska's productivity on offense, Pelini emphasized that Iowa State was an improved football team from a year ago.
"I think they’re playing harder. Right now they are a lot better football team then they were a year ago," Pelini said. "Obviously, that has to be attributed to Paul (Rhoads) and his staff. They’re doing a good job. They’re going to run the football. They’re going to be committed to running the football.”
For a full transcript of Coach Pelini's session with the media, and quotes from quarterbacks Zac Lee and Cody Green, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, click on the links below.