Lincoln – The Nebraska football team began preparations for this weekend’s game against Iowa State with a 90-minute practice in Memorial Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The Huskers started off the week of practice on a high note, as they worked out in full pads.
“We had a good start to the week,” Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said. “Pads were popping, effort was good. I liked the practice. It was pretty good.”
After last weekend’s 31-10 loss to Texas Tech, the Huskers looked to refocus and execute against Iowa State, who enters this weekend’s matchup after defeating Baylor, 24-10, last Saturday. Coach Pelini knows what he needs to do to get Nebraska ready for the Cyclones.
“Execution, attention to detail, fundamentals, technique – that’s what it’s all about,” Pelini said. “That’s how you win football games. I thought it was a pretty good start to the week. We just got the very basics of the gameplan in today – a lot of good on good. It was a good day.”
Several Huskers were mending injuries during Monday’s practice, including Roy Helu, Jr. and Chris Brooks. Phillip Dillard, who had an impressive 12 tackles against Texas Tech, was also among the sidelined. However, Coach Pelini looks for all three Huskers to be back in practice on Tuesday.
“I thought Phil played well,” Pelini said. “He did some good things and stepped up and made some plays. He made some mistakes too, some things that we need to get corrected. He’s played well on-and-off the last couple of weeks. He’s done some good things.”
Coach Pelini also discussed Nebraska’s offense and the quarterback position going into the Iowa State game.
“The quarterback position is no different than the rest of the football team,” Pelini said. “Everybody wants to focus on the quarterback position, but we have to execute around the quarterback. There are a lot of things that go into enabling the quarterback to play well. I have confidence in our group. We have to execute and keep progressing forward.”
The Huskers will continue preparations against the Cyclones on Tuesday afternoon.