The Nebraska football team began preparations for Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. matchup at Iowa State with a two-and-a-half hour workout in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets Monday afternoon inside Memorial Stadium.

 

“They came back well,” coach Bo Pelini said.  “It was good.  The attitude is good and we got a lot done for a Monday.  I liked the practice.”

 

The Huskers continued to solidify their linebacker corps for Saturday against the Cyclones, as Cody Glenn and Phillip Dillard, who were both limited in the Texas Tech game by injuries, returned to the practice field.

 

“They were both back out there today,” Pelini said.  “It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.  For early in the week, I think we’ll have them both, but you never know how the week’s going to go.”

 

In their absence, true freshman walk-on Matt Holt stepped up, making eight tackles to rank second on the Nebraska defense against the Red Raiders. 

 

“He came on our radar late,” Pelini said.  “Carl (Pelini) knew his head coach in high school.  I’m glad he’s here.  I think he’s a pretty good football player.”

 

Whether or not Glenn and Dillard return to the Husker lineup for Saturday’s game, one key for them and the rest of the Nebraska defense will be to force ISU to turn the ball over.  The Huskers have not forced a turnover during the three-game losing streak after forcing six in the first three games of the season, all wins.

 

“We’ve been stressing it,” Pelini said.  “We had a couple opportunities.  We just have to keep working.”

 

Nebraska’s players and coaches will meet the media Tuesday before returning to the practice field for the second workout of the week.