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Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 09/27/2011
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Husker Attack Gears Up for Badger Defense

LINCOLN - The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours outside on Tuesday afternoon as they continue to gear up for their Big Ten Conference opener when they travel to Madison, Wisc., to take on the Badgers. The Huskers practiced in full pads on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice field.

After practice, offensive coordinator Tim Beck discussed the practice as the offense gears up for a tough road test.

"We had a good day today," Beck said. "On Monday and Tuesday we're always kind of putting in the game plan, so the players are getting a chance to learn the stuff we want to do."

With Wisconsin's defense ranking seventh in the country in total defense, and only giving up an average 8.5 points per game, Beck said that it would be a challenge for his offense.

"They're a good football team all the way around. Their front seven is good, their secondary is good," Beck said. "They can run. They're physical guys. It's a big challenge for us. We have to have guys step up and make plays for us. We're getting better there. You see our guys being able to step up and make some plays. As long as we keep developing and getting better, I'm going to be pleased. It's going to be a challenge."

Beck believes last week's win in Wyoming helped the Huskers as they are excited for Saturday's showdown with Wisconsin.

"I think last week was a nice test for us because it was an away game. Some people called it a trap game," Beck said. "I thought our guys did ok. Once we made some adjustments offensively, we were able to figure out what they were doing and attack them. And we did ok. It was a pretty good environment up there. I know it'll be different, but I think they're excited. I think the football team is excited for this kind of venue. It's what you come here to play football for."

The Huskers will continue practicing on Wednesday as they prepare for the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers. Saturday's game in Camp Randall Stadium will kickoff at 7 p.m. and will be shown nationally on ABC-HD.

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