San Antonio --- The Nebraska football team spent more than two hours on the field Saturday in its first practice session in San Antonio in preparation for the 13th Annual Mastercard Alamo Bowl contest against No. 20 Michigan.
As the Huskers began their final days of preparation, Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan was pleased with the effort at Saturday’s practice. The Huskers practiced outdoors at the E.M. Stevens Stadium on the campus of Trinity University with the temperature in the low 70s and wind gusts around 20 miles per hour.
“We worked them pretty hard today and will back down for Christmas Eve tonight. It was a good, spirited practice,” Callahan said. “This is a nice practice facility for our bowl game and everyone here has accommodated us well. I can’t really think of the last time we practiced on grass, probably before the Colorado game. And we brought the wind with us. It wouldn’t be a Nebraska practice without the wind.”
Nebraska continued its normal routine, working through 21 periods in half-pads. One area Callahan said the Huskers have to focus on when getting ready to face the Wolverines is stopping their wide receivers, especially senior Jason Avant. Ranked second in the Big Ten in receptions per game, Avant finished the regular season with 74 catches for 936 yards and eight touchdowns.
“Jason Avant is a productive receiver,” Callahan said. “He has the numbers and is a strong, gifted wide receiver. He will go up and make plays in traffic and can pluck the ball out of the air. He has the body (for the position) and will get respect for his abilities.”
The Huskers return to practice on Sunday afternoon and go through their final full practice on Monday before the first of two pre-bowl press conferences over two days. Nebraska and Michigan kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, with the game televised live on ESPN.