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Huskers Reach Midway Point in Preparation for Jackrabbits

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska football team took the practice field on Wednesday as the Huskers reached the midway point in their preparation for this Saturday's game against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Huskers practiced in helmets and shoulder pads as they utilized the Hawks Championship Center and the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields northeast of Memorial Stadium.

After the two-hour practice, defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders said the Huskers continue to grow on the defensive side of the ball each week.

"We continue to progress through our defense as the season goes on," Sanders said. "We want to continue to grow. Continue to get better at some fundamental things, like tackling and assignment sound football."

One player that is looking forward to this Saturday's game is junior Jim Ebke. The just-converted linebacker will be lining up across from the team that he originally attended out of high school in the Jackrabbits. After one semester at South Dakota State, the Lincoln native decided to transfer to Nebraska, a decision Sanders is glad Ebke made.

"Great kid to be around," Sanders said. "One thing you can count on, he does a great job with attention to detail on special teams and his effort level. That's one thing you never have to worry about, whether he's going to give 110 percent in every practice or every play in a game."

The Huskers will return to the practice field on Thursday for their last padded practice of the week. The Huskers and Jackrabbits are scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 6 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. The game is available through FSN-PPV.


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