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Starting quarterback Taylor Martinez has made big plays for the offense.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 09/13/2011
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Huskers Continue to Prep for Showdown with Huskies

Lincoln - The Nebraska Cornhuskers continued gearing up for Saturday's matchup with the Washington Huskies as they practiced on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields. The Huskers practiced in full pads for just over two hours. After practice offensive coordinator Tim Beck spoke to the media saying that practice went well.

"We had a good practice today with a good tempo," Beck said. "The guys did well."

With the Nebraska offense making a lot of big plays the past two weeks, Beck was asked if wants to see the offense keep going for the home run.

"I think when you are an offense that tries to take advantage of a defense and find a weakness, and if you're able to exploit it and that's their weakness, you're probably going to get a big play out of it," Beck said. "I'd like us to be able to be more consistent running and being able to throw it. But certainly, if we're able to find a soft spot in them and hit it and get some big plays, that's good. That's just kind of part of football sometimes. It's like asking if guys are tired of hitting home runs."

With ball security playing a big role in practice, Beck said that Taylor Martinez has improved in securing the ball, but can still work on it.

"You got to do a better job. Like the one he (Taylor) was switching the ball when he got hit and was carrying the ball in the wrong hand," Beck said. "I think he's improved on contact. You see him covering the ball with two hands on contact. We definitely have visited with it. It's something I know he's going to concentrate on."

Saturday's game in Memorial Stadium against the Huskies will kick off at 2:30 CT. The game can be seen on ABC HD or ESPN.
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