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Nebraska held its third practice in San Diego on Tuesday.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 12/28/2010
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Huskers Conduct Final Practice in San Diego

Nebraska conducted its last full-scale workout in preparation for the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on Tuesday morning, going through a 90-minute workout in helmets and shorts at UC San Diego.

The Huskers now turn their attention to final preparations for Thursday evening's contest against Washington at Qualcomm Stadium. Nebraska will hold a walk-through and take a short visit to the stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Head Coach Bo Pelini said the Huskers appear to be focused and ready to play on Thursday evening. Pelini has been pleased with the work of his team during the three practices in San Diego.

"I think the kids are looking forward to the game," Pelini said. "They are ready to play."

Pelini said that although defensive back DeJon Gomes sat out Tuesday's workout, the senior will be ready to be in the starting lineup on Thursday evening.

Pelini commented on the upcoming move of linebackers coach Mike Ekeler to Indiana as its new defensive coordinator.

 "You want your guys to get better opportunities and move on and that is the case. It is time to move on for him and we are happy for him," Pelini said. "He's been with me for seven years now, and he has been a valuable part of this staff. It is rewarding for me to see guys work hard and see them achieve. This is his next step and I think he will do a heckuva job."

Following Tuesday morning's practice, the Huskers took part in the Navy and Marine Corps Luncheon aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Pelini commented on senior defensive end Tyrone Fahie who spent six years in the military prior to walking on with the Nebraska football team.

"He's been great to have around. He's been a leader and a true team guy," Pelini said. "He really epitomizes the guys we are going to be running into over at the ship. Obviously we have a tremendous amount of respect for him (Tyrone) and really anyone who serves their country."

In addition to final preparations for the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday, Nebraska will also attend the US Bank Kickoff Luncheon at the San Diego Convention Center.

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