Lincoln-The Nebraska Cornhuskers hit the midway point of their week of preparations with a two hour-practice on Wednesday. The Huskers took to the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads in the cool afternoon as they continued to work toward their Saturday matchup with the Washington Huskies.
As NU prepares for its third meeting in the last year with the Huskies, Special Teams Coach John Papuchis said there might be some benefit from the two prior matchups between the teams.
"Certainly there's some familiarity with Washington," Papuchis said. "It's the third time we've played them in less than one calendar year. I think, at least in learning their offense, it probably helped us a little bit to play them twice last year. But we'll see how it really benefits us come Saturday."
Papuchis also addressed what the focus of the special teams unit has been in practice this week.
"Get better in coverage," Papuchis said. "A lot of times it has more to do with us than it does our opponent. It's about the way we approach it, our mental approach every day to what we do. That's been a huge emphasis for us."
Secondary Coach Corey Raymond discussed how the youth of the defensive backfield may be a factor in Saturday's game.
"We'll just get ready because those guys are much older and our guys are much younger," Raymond said. "You're going to get some receivers that are really good, so we have to be mentally be ready and physically prepare for these guys. We have to be on our A-game."
Saturday's matchup between Nebraska and Washington in Memorial Stadium will kick off at 2:30 CT. The game will be available on either ABC HD or ESPN.