Husker Coaches Study Youth
Courtesy: NU Athletic Communications
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Freshman defensive end Barry Turner has worked out at SAM linebacker with several players missing from practice this week.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

LINCOLN The Nebraska football team continued its bowl game preparations Wednesday with a two-hour practice inside the Championship Indoor Center.


Several players have been absent from workouts this week because of finals week at the University, but Head Coach Bill Callahan said the team was still able to focus and put in a successful practice.


“There were quite a few players missing at practice, but we got a lot of work done,” Callahan said. “It’s just good to get out, throw the ball, play some coverage and use some basic fundamentals. All in all it was a good day.”


With the high number of players missing from workouts, Husker coaches have utilized the opportunity to move younger players onto the field this week. Two notable position experiments included using freshman Barry Turner at the SAM linebacker spot and freshman Jeff Souder at WILL linebacker frequently during the last two practices.


“We backed down on some of those seniors and other guys we wanted to get rested,” Callahan said. “It’s good exposure for a lot of players in the two- and three-deep (depth chart) to try and get as many reps as we could for down the line play. That’s what we did this week in terms of developmental practices. We got a lot of young guys reps, and a lot of young guys on the field one-on-one.”


The Huskers conclude the developmental period of their bowl preparations Friday with a 2:30 p.m. practice. Coach Callahan and select players will address the media at NU’s Alamo Bowl press conference beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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