Lincoln - The Nebraska football team practiced for just less than two hours Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center as the Huskers finished preparations for Missouri on Saturday. After practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media about this week's match-up with the Tigers.
"I thought it was a good week of practice, I really did," Pelini said. "I thought the attention to detail was pretty good. There are still a couple of things to clean up, but I thought it was a good week."
Pelini expects defensive end Pierre Allen to be healthy this week and contribute on the defensive side of the ball. While he has been sidelined, Jason Ankrah and Josh Williams have seen playing time at the position.
"I thought they did some good things," Pelini said. "That was probably the most extended playing time they've had. They're both young guys and I thought they did some really good things. I thought they got better as the game went on."
The Husker coaches have been looking at the right combination to use at the safety spot with Rickey Thenarse and Anthony West. However, they are encouraged by the depth at the position as they decide which players to use in different packages.
"It kind of remains to be seen," Pelini said. "Fortunately we have a lot of options there. We'll see how the film finished up and go from there. Like I said, we're fortunate to have a lot of capable football players at that position."
The Huskers and Tigers are scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. The game is available regionally on ABC.