Husker Secondary Faces Stiff Challenge

By NU Athletic Communications
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Lincoln - The Nebraska football team continued preparations for its Saturday night showdown against the No. 4 Missouri Tigers with a two-hour practice inside Memorial Stadium Thursday. Head Coach Bo Pelini termed the practice "OK."

“We’ve got to fix some things,” Pelini said. “We put them through a lot of difficult things. Not bad overall.”

The Husker secondary will face a tough task this week trying to corral the Missouri offense, led by Heisman candidate Chase Daniel. Pelini said safety Rickey Thenarse would definitely play more and safety Major Culbert and cornerback Lance Thorell should play a role, depending on how the game plays out.

Thenarse and Culbert have recently recovered from injuries while Thorell is a redshirt freshman who recorded eight tackles against New Mexico State in his first significant action, but played sparingly against Virginia Tech because of the Hokies’ system.

“Anytime you miss practice days it’s a missed opportunity to get better,” Pelini said of Thenarse and Culbert. “Some of that is out of their control. We’ve got them back and it looks like they stayed in it mentally. Rickey had a really good week of practice. I think he’s ready to play good football.”

Pelini said he expects five recruits to officially visit this weekend.

“I think this is a great selling point, the game-day atmosphere, the people, the weather this time of year,” Pelini said. “The atmosphere is a big selling point for us. It’s important for them to see the environment that they’d be coming too.”

Kickoff is set for 8:10 p.m. with national television coverage by ESPN.


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