Junior Ben Cotton is one of 16 Huskers who will earn their degree on Saturday.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
Huskers Continue Bowl Prep, 16 Set to Earn Diplomas
Lincoln, Neb.--- As finals week at UNL comes to
its conclusion, the Nebraska football team hit the practice field for almost
two hours on Friday as they turned their attention toward the South Carolina
Gamecocks for its Jan. 2 showdown in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The
Huskers practiced in helmets and shoulder pads inside the Hawks Championship
Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed a contingent of media following Friday's
practice. Pelini was pleased with the way his team practiced throughout finals
week and on Friday.
"It went good," Pelini said. '"This was day three of practice for this week. We
had a couple practices during finals week and it went well. Started some game
preparation today; it went good."
With the departure of former defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, who was named
the head coach at Florida Atlantic earlier this month, Pelini was asked about
the vacant coordinator job and what he plans to do with it moving forward.
Pelini said he has a plan in place and will announce his decision when he feels
the time is right.
"To be honest with, I have a good idea what we do if we lose a coach," Pelini
said. "I'll just implement the plan when I feel necessary. I've been getting
pulled a lot of different directions and doing a lot of different things. I'll
handle it in time and I'll announce it when the time's right."
Pelini also touched on senior Mike Caputo's status for the bowl game.
"All the discipline I do, I handle internally," Pelini said. "I make the
decision that's, first of all, in the best interest of our program, and also
what's in the best interest of each kid. I handle each situation separately,
and look at the facts and make the decision that's right. I think I've shown
over the past four years that I'm fair. We run a disciplined program. We run a
program that's based on accountability, but to sit there and lump everything
into one situation, you can't do that. You look at every situation and go with
that. I would think that people trust me to do that. I know our administration
trusts me to do that and make the right decisions."
Saturday will be a special day for 16 Huskers as they are set to earn the
diplomas at commencement Saturday morning. The group is highlighted by five
juniors who are earning their degrees early, including Will Compton, Ben
Cotton, Kenny Anderson, Baker Steinkuhler and Josh Williams.
The Huskers will practice on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before a break for
Christmas. NU is set to depart for Orlando on Dec. 26. The Huskers and
Gamecocks will kick off at Noon (CT) from the Citrus Bowl and will be televised
nationally on ESPN.