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Lavonte David and the Huskers will practice on Tuesday before taking a break for the holidays.
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Huskers Continue Bowl Preparations
Neb. – With only two practices left before the a break from the holidays,
the Nebraska football team took the practice field on Monday as it continues
preparations for its upcoming bowl game against South Carolina in the Capital
One Bowl on Jan. 2.
With blustery conditions hitting the city of Lincoln, the Huskers practiced inside
the Hawks Championship Center north of Memorial Stadium in full pads for nearly
two hours. After preparing for eight Big Ten Conference games this season,
defensive line coach John Papuchis gave some insight into what to expect
against the Huskers first SEC opponent since 2007, when they faced off against
Auburn in the Cotton Bowl.
“They’re good,” Papuchis said. “They are well coached. They’re fast. They’re
physical. It’s going to be a challenge. I don’t know if it’s necessarily has
anything to do with what conference they’re in, but they are a well-coached
team and they play hard. They have a good offensive scheme and we have to work
hard between now and then to make sure we’re ready.”
Papuchis also touched on the health of his defensive line unit, saying the
break between the Huskers’ victory over Iowa and now has been beneficial for
“The break between the Iowa game and now has given the guys a chance to heal
up, so we should be in better shape up front than when we were when we ended
the season.” Papuchis said.
One of those players is sophomore defensive end Eric Martin. Papuchis said
Martin, who didn’t play in the Iowa game, has progressed well over the past
“He’s been better and he’s been practicing,” Papuchis said. “What degree of
percentage, I don’t know. I leave all those injury questions to Bo (Pelini)
anyway, but Eric has been out there practicing and he’s done a good job so
The Huskers will practice on Tuesday before taking a break for Christmas and
will depart for Orlando, Fla., on Monday, Dec. 26. The Huskers and Gamecocks
will kick off from the Citrus Bowl at Noon (CT) and can be seen nationally on