The Nebraska football team shifted its preparation for Colorado into high gear with a two-hour workout in full pads in the Hawks Championship Center Monday afternoon.

 

“It was a good practice,” Head Coach Bo Pelini said.  “We had two good days (Sunday and Monday).  I like the way the preparation has gone so far.”

 

One Husker who has benefitted from the week off is linebacker Phillip Dillard.  The junior from Tulsa, Okla., who has been nursing an injury since the Baylor game, returned to practice on Sunday and continued to improve Monday.

 

“He was out there in full-go yesterday and today,” Pelini said.  “I’d say he’s about 85 percent, somewhere in that range.  I have to look at the film and see where he is mentally.  I like what I’ve seen so far.  I anticipate him playing.  Whether he’ll start the game, I don’t know.”

Nebraska practiced for the second straight day Monday after taking Friday and Saturday off.  Despite resting for two days last week, the Huskers were still able to being preparing for Colorado.

 

“We’ve moved around good,” Pelini said.  “I think they’ve had a great attitude, and I just thought now was the right time to give them some time off.  We’ve been at it a long time, and I think they’ve responded well.  We got a good jump on Colorado last week and did a lot of good-on-good.  I like where we are in our preparation.”

 

Nebraska players and coaches will meet the media Tuesday morning at the weekly press conference, then continue preparations for Friday’s nationally-televised game with the Buffaloes with a workout Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln.