Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team began to wrap up preparations for their season opener during Thursday's practice, taking to the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields in helmets and shorts for approximately 90 minutes. Following practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini met with the media for the last time before the opener against Southern Miss. When asked about the excitement level heading into this game, Pelini said his team is ready to go.
"It's always a little nerve-racking: it's the first time out, you have some new guys in there," Pelini said. "Especially in this situation, where you don't have a lot of information on your opponent. I'm excited for this football team. I know our guys are looking forward to playing. They're tired of hitting each other."
Pelini stated that the coaching staff gave the athletes plenty to work on this week, but the keys to the game will be the attitude and effort of his team.
"I thought they reacted well to it," Pelini said. "We threw some hard things at them, making sure we're going to establish rules. They're going to do some things that it's going to take some adjusting to, just like any other week. As long as they have a baseline, something to apply their rules to, we'll be fine. At the end of the day, it's about playing hard, flying to the football and playing with an attitude. I think our guys understand that."
Overall, Pelini said he feels the team is ready to face their first opponent, no matter what new looks Southern Miss might give them.
"We have a lot of guys prepared, and we're prepared to adjust to whatever they throw at us."
Nebraska will conduct a final walk-through practice tomorrow afternoon in preparation for their season opening contest against Southern Miss. The game will kick off at 2:35 CDT and will be shown regionally on ABC and ESPN2.