The No. 9 Nebraska football team took the practice field for the final time this week on Thursday before its clash with the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday. The Huskers practiced for a little under two hours in helmets inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice fields.
Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media after Thursday's workout, and said he liked the way his team prepared throughout the week.
"We finished up well," Pelini said. "We have a few things we need to clean up from today, but I thought the week was good. I thought the energy was good. Now it's time to get ready to play. It's going to be a heck of a football game."
Pelini said the Huskers have had a good focus throughout the week and haven't let their 24-3 victory over No. 9 Michigan State last weekend affect their preparations this week.
"We've talked about it," Pelini said. "Anybody that wants to talk about last week - that isn't being talked about around here. That's a heck of a football team that's coming in here to play us, and it comes down to our preparation and getting ready to go."
Northwestern will bring a high-octane offense into Memorial Stadium, which is averaging just over 430 yards per game and more than 30 points per contest. One player that keys the Wildcat offense is senior wide receiver Jeremy Ebert. Ebert has 45 catches on the season for 569 yards and has caught seven touchdowns. Pelini knows the Blackshirts will have to be mindful of Ebert come Saturday.
"He's a good football player," Pelini said "He makes a lot of plays down the field. I think the quarterback has a lot of confidence in him. He's a good player."
The Huskers and Wildcats are set to kick off from Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network. Check back to Huskers.com for continued coverage of the Nebraska football team.
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