Nebraska returned to San Diego State University on Sunday morning for its second Holiday Bowl practice in southern California. Coach Bo Pelini sent his team through a two-hour workout in half pads as Nebraska continues preparations for its Wednesday night matchup with Arizona.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said Nebraska had another strong practice on Sunday and the Huskers are nearing final preparations for the game.
"It was a good practice, it went well. They know what we expect and the regimen we have makes it easier that way," Watson said.
Addressing offensive position players, Watson noted that I-back Roy Helu Jr. was feeling "fresh, he feels healthy and is having good practices." Watson also added that freshman quarterback Cody Green will have a place in the Huskers' game plan against Arizona.
"He is going to play," Watson said of Green. "We want him to have an opportunity to play and looking into the future, a chance to set up the competition. There is a place for him to play in this game, and we want him to move forward and evaluate him in a game situation against another good team like Arizona."
Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini also talked with the media Sunday, noting that the Huskers, "didn't skip a beat (since returning from Christmas). They're still sharp."
Following Sunday's workout the Nebraska coaching staff held a coaching clinic for more than 75 San Diego area coaches. The coaches were able to watch Sunday's practice, then listened to members of the Husker staff give position-specific instruction in a classroom setting. Nebraska coaches had a similar coaching clinic in Jacksonville prior to last year's Gator Bowl.
The remainder of the afternoon will be spent at the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Nebraska will return to the San Diego State practice field for the final time on Monday morning, before conducting a walk-thru and a visit to Qualcomm Stadium on Tuesday.
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