The Nebraska football team took the practice field for the final time on Thursday in preparation for their upcoming matchup against No. 20 Michigan. The Huskers, who will make their last road appearance of the season in Ann Arbor, practiced for just under two hours inside the Hawks Championship Center in helmets only.
Head Coach Bo Pelini said his team had a solid week of practice and he hopes they translate that success during the week to the field this weekend.
"It (practice) was good," Pelini said. "We'll find out Saturday. Now it's time to execute. I told the guys the physical preparation is over. Now it's mental from here on out, and we need to get ready to go on Saturday."
Pelini touched on the Huskers' attempts to simulate Michigan signal-caller Denard Robinson. The dual-threat quarterback can be electric running the football, but Pelini said the Blackshirts have gotten a good look from redshirt freshman Bronson Marsh.
"Business as usually (preparing for an athletic quarterback)," Pelini said. "We have a pretty athletic guy who's playing quarterback. I don't know if you can simulate Denard Robinson. That guy is a pretty tremendous athlete, but the guy who's doing it is doing a heck of a job for us."
The guy calling plays for Robinson is Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges. Pelini faced off against Borges several times during his time at LSU when Borges coached at Auburn. He said he expects the Wolverine offense to execute well.
"They have different personnel than what they had at Auburn when I was at l LSU," Pelini said. "I know Al is a good football coach. All his teams are really sound and well coached. I know they execute very well. You see some things that are similar, and obviously some things that are different because of the different personnel that they have."
On the injury front, Pelini said redshirt freshman Chase Rome is healthy, along with tight end Kyler Reed. Pelini listed Andrew Rodriguez and Ben Cotton as two players that won't be available due to an injury.
The Huskers and Wolverines will kick off at 11 a.m. from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Continue to check back to Huskers.com for more coverage of the Nebraska football team.
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