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Huskers Begin Preparations for Colorado

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours in the Hawks Championship Center Monday afternoon in preparation for Friday's regular-season finale against Colorado.

After practice, Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson addressed the media about Saturday's loss to Texas A&M, the health of quarterback, Taylor Martinez and the upcoming game against the Buffaloes, the final scheduled game between the two program.  

During the game against Texas A&M, starting quarterback Taylor Martinez was injured and sat out parts of the game. Martinez did not practice on Monday, but Watson hopes to get him back practicing as soon as possible.

"(Taylor) just watched practice today," Watson said. "The plan is to get him back out here tomorrow. We'll see how far we can get him. It's a lot like it was two weeks ago. We have to take it day by day and keep working with him. "

Colorado is coming off back-to-back wins against Iowa State and Kansas State, and a win against the Huskers on Friday would make Colorado bowl eligible.

"They're playing good football, that's obvious with the two wins they've come up with," Watson said. "They're playing fast, having fun and flying around the field. That's what we see on our side, and I'm sure that's what the defense sees too. "

Watson goes into Friday's game with Colorado - the final Big 12 matchup between both programs - with a perspective of being on both sides of the rivalry during his coaching career.

"It's been a good match up. I think both programs and states have taken (to it), because of the relationship, being side by side. The things that happened in the 90's with Coach Mac (Bill McCartney), and Colorado's resurgence on the national scene.  It's a very significant game and it's been a very spirited rivalry for about 20 years, and probably beyond than that, I just haven't happened to be a part of it in that time during my coaching career. It has been a great rivalry and that's what happens when change happens. It's part of the business."

The Huskers will return to practice Tuesday to continue their preparation for Colorado.


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