Lincoln- The Nebraska football team practiced for just less than two hours Monday inside the Hawks Championship Center as the Huskers continued preparations for Washington in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30.
"We had some good practices at the end of last week," Head Coach Bo Pelini said. "We're doing some bowl preparations this week .We'll give them some time off and we'll get back together with almost the same schedule we had last year."
Pelini said the team is looking forward to playing another football game and has no disappointment in a second meeting with the Huskies. The staffs are benefiting from being familiar with the opposing team.
"It actually makes it a little easier on both counts, for both staffs you have a little bit of familiarity," Pelini said. "It's kind of like being in the NFL again."
The Huskers could see some contributions from senior Mike Smith, who sat out most of the season due to a broken foot.
"It remains to be seen," Pelini said. "He's ahead, he's doing a good job, he's worked hard and we'll see how that plays out. It won't be anything significant."
Pelini also said that he expects senior receiver Niles Paul to be able to participate in the Holiday Bowl.
While the Holiday Bowl is the main focus for Nebraska, the NU coaching staff will continue to mix in recruiting during the coming weeks, Pelini said.
"It's a balancing act, trying to get out and see some guys," Pelini said. "You can't see everybody in a week like this. I saw everybody last week; we're just trying to balance it out. Our number one priority is getting ready for the bowl game."