San Diego - The Nebraska football team conducted its first Holiday Bowl practice in San Diego on Sunday, going through a two-hour morning workout at UC San Diego.
The practice was the first of three practices at UCSD for the Huskers, as they continue preparations for their Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl game against Washington on Thursday at Qualcomm Stadium.
Head Coach Bo Pelini said he was pleased with how his team has returned from a short holiday break.
“I think they’re excited. There was a lot of enthusiasm (today),” Pelini said. “They’re having fun, and I think they’re getting ready to play a good football game.”
Nebraska senior receiver Niles Paul did not fully participate in the practice, but did do some running and position drill work. Paul missed Nebraska’s final two games with a foot injury, but is hopeful of a return to action for his final game as a Husker on Thursday night.
“He practiced today,” Pelini said. “He was fine. He was in and out. We’re just kind of bringing him along. He’s ready to go. Today was a big step for him because he did a lot more and felt good about doing it.”
Following practice, many of the Huskers traveled to the World Famous San Diego Zoo for an afternoon of sight-seeing.
“It’s fun, it’s a good experience,” Pelini said of Nebraska’s visit to the zoo. “This is a great city and a good bowl game that’s really run first class. We enjoy it out here, and I’m glad we’re back.”
Nebraska continues its bowl preparation on Monday morning with a practice at UCSD. The Huskers will spend Monday afternoon at SeaWorld.