LINCOLN - The Nebraska Cornhuskers continued practicing on Tuesday afternoon for Friday's Heroes Game with the Iowa Hawkeys. The Huskers practiced in helmets and shoulder pads for just over two hours inside the Hawks Championship Center.
After practice, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini spoke to the media about practice, the Blackshirts and what they'll see when they go up against Iowa's offensive attack on Friday.
Pelini said that Tuesday's practice went well.
"We had a real upbeat practice. I liked our pace and I liked our effort and enthusiasm," Pelini said. "It was good."
Iowa's wide receiver Marvin McNutt has had a stellar season thus far with 1,240 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Pelini said that McNutt could be the best receiver the Huskers have seen this season and that they'll have different approaches in how they defend him.
"We'll have different coverages and different ways of approaching it," he said. "The kid's a great receiver and maybe the best we've faced to this point. So as much as possible you'd like to have Alfonzo on him. There's other ways to attack it, maybe help over there. But we're always going to have to be aware of where he is."
Pelini also talked about Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg who has thrown 23 touchdown passes this season to his five interceptions.
"He makes great decisions. He doesn't make many mistakes. He's very well schooled and knows what he's doing out there," Pelini said. "He gets them into good plays. He audibles when he needs to. He's just very efficient. He has a strong arm and doesn't make bad throws. He makes smart decisions."
With senior linebacker Lavonte David being named a finalist for the Butkus award as the nation's top linebacker, Pelini said that he deserves the honor.
"He's an amazing player. In my opinion he deserves to win it, but I don't understand that politics and all of that," Pelini said. "He deserves to be a finalist and deserves to win it. I don't know that there could be any linebacker that's had the kind of seasons back-to-back that he's had."
Pelini also said that redshirt defensive tackle Chase Rome is 100 percent and will be ready to go on Friday.
The Huskers will continue preparing for Iowa when they practice again on Wednesday afternoon. Friday's game against the Hawkeyes kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be televised nationally on ABC HD.