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Huskers Prepare for Round 2 with Locker
Alfonzo Dennard returned an interception for a touchdown against Washington in September
Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
12/17/2010
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Lincoln - The Nebraska Cornhuskers continued to prepare for the Holiday Bowl on Friday afternoon, as they practiced in shells and helmets inside the Hawks Championship Center. After practice Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke about a variety of topics concerning his team's practice schedule, the upcoming game and Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

Pelini commented on how great the attitude is for the Huskers, saying, "They're upbeat. They're excited. They've been practicing well and there's been great tempo. That's all you can ask for."

The Huskies have won three straight games to become bowl eligible, including a comeback victory against in-state rival Washington State in the Apple Cup.

"They've gotten better," said Coach Pelini. "They're a lot better football team than when we saw them in September. They're very capable. They have momentum going into the bowl game. It will be a big challenge for us."

In September's 56-21 win over the Huskies, the Blackshirts held Locker to a 4-20 day with 71 yards passing and two interceptions. Pelini believes Locker will have extra motivation to come out and play well.

"I would think so. He's a good football player and they've gotten better as a football team. Give them credit for it. We'll be ready."

Pelini said the Huskers will use some of the same strategy they used in the earlier matchup.

"There are some things that will be similar and there will be some things that will be different. It goes well beyond Jake Locker," commented Pelini. "They're a good football team. They got some good players. It will be a challenge for us."

A win in the Holiday Bowl would be Pelini's 30th win at Nebraska. The Huskers will practice Saturday morning before getting some time off and regrouping as a team Dec. 24. The Holiday Bowl will kick off at 9 p.m. CST on Dec. 30 on ESPN.

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