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          Release: 09/08/2011
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Huskers Turn Attention to Bulldogs for Saturday Night Battle

Lincoln--- The Nebraska football team concluded its game week preparations for this Saturday's game against Fresno State on Thursday with a 90-minute workout under the sunny skies of Lincoln. The Huskers utilized the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields, located northeast of Memorial Stadium, while practicing in only helmets.

Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media after Thursday's practice for the final time before the two teams square off on Saturday. Pelini expects to see noticeable improvement from the Huskers 40-7 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga last weekend.

"I think that we made improvement," Pelini said. "I thought some areas that I thought we needed to shore up I saw improvement in this week, but time will tell. We'll see how we react on Saturday. We need to play better football, more consistent football, than we did last week."

Pelini said that attention to detail was a huge point of emphasis throughout the week on all sides of the football.

"I think that was a huge emphasis, "Pelini said. "Really, it extended well beyond the offense. The communication defensively, some of the techniques on special teams, really it goes right across the board that there was a lot of areas that we could improve upon going into this week. I think we made strides this week, and like I said, the proof will be in the pudding on Saturday in how we come out and how we handle it."

The Bulldogs enter Lincoln after dropping their season opener against the Cal Bears 36-21. Even with the loss, Pelini is impressed with the aggressive nature Bulldog Head Coach Pat Hill has instilled in his players.

"I think they play really hard and they are real aggressive in all phases," Pelini said. "I think that they do a good job in all areas. They are really aggressive defensively. They do a lot of different things, a lot of different pressures, blitzes, and offensively, they are a sound football team.

On the injury front, Pelini said linebacker Will Compton will play Saturday, while the possibility of cornerback Alfonzo Dennard suiting up is still open depending on how the end of the week progresses.

The Huskers and Bulldogs are set to kick off at Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. and the game can be seen nationally on the Big Ten Network. Check back to Huskers.com for complete coverage of the Nebraska football team.

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