Orlando, Fla. - Under sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures, the Nebraska football team practiced for a little less than 90 minutes on Friday as it continued preparations for its upcoming Capital One Bowl against South Carolina on Jan. 2. The Huskers practiced in helmets and shoulder pads on the grass fields of Freedom High School in Orlando.
Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media for the second day in a row after practice and was again pleased with the way the Huskers have prepared throughout the week.
"It went good," Pelini said of Friday's practice. "We kind of did a Thursday type practice, cleaned up some things, specialty situations and such. We'll come back and have a normal Thursday tomorrow. We've had a good week so far."
After Friday's practice, Pelini was asked about the Huskers' special teams play throughout the season. Pelini said he was pleased with the way his team performed as the year progressed, and noted the importance special teams will play in determining the Capital One Bowl winner.
"We've been pretty good on special teams, knock on wood," Pelini said. "We had that one game (Michigan) that we hurt ourselves, and really probably cost us the football game. In a game like this, in a bowl game, that's going to be a big part of the game. Obviously, it's a third of the game and it's going to be important that we execute and play well in that area. I always say that bowl games come down to special teams, they come down to takeaways and turnovers, and winning the penalty battle. Those three things are going to be big."
Before practice on Friday, the Huskers were able to take part in an outreach activity with South Carolina players by spending time with underprivileged youth at Disney Quest. Pelini said that sort of activity gives his players a chance to step back and realize how fortunate they are, while also providing hope to children.
"You want to give back," Pelini said. "We were able to spend some time with underprivileged children, and I think it gives our kids the opportunity to spend time with kids that maybe aren't quite as fortunate as they are, and it really gives them a chance to step back and understand how fortunate they are and the opportunities they've earned. (They got to) give back a little bit and hopefully give some young kids some hope that maybe they can be standing in their shoes in time."
The Huskers return to the practice field Saturday afternoon. The Capital One Bowl will kick off at Noon (CT) and can be seen nationally on ESPN2.