In a two-hour workout in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Friday afternoon, the Nebraska football team continued preparations for the Gator Bowl by working primarily against scout teams on both offense and defense.
“We had a lot of new things and went against some new personnels,” defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said. “There are always a few kinks to work out. We’re still a few weeks away from the game, but they’ve really been focused in and working hard. They’re really excited for the opportunity.”
The Blackshirts will face a Tiger offense that ranked fourth in the ACC in total yards per game, gaining 339.5 yards per contest. Quarterback Cullen Harper led the ACC by passing for 199.6 yards per game.
“They can throw the ball and open it up,” Pelini said. “They do have a spread attack, but it’s less in the shotgun-oriented running game and more of the dropback stuff. It’s a lot like we saw against Virginia Tech. I would say there’s some similarity across the board there.”
Nebraska will also have to contend with a pair of solid running backs in James Davis and C.J. Spiller. Though Davis started 11 games and Spiller started none, both carried the ball over 100 times this season and averaged a combined 105.6 yards per game with 18 touchdowns between them on the season.
“They’re both very talented backs,” Pelini said. “The scary thing about them is that they have the ability to make something out of nothing. You see it over and over again on film. You think you have a play defended and they’ll make someone miss and make a big play on their own.”
The Huskers will continue preparations for the New Year’s Day clash with the Tigers with a workout tomorrow morning in Lincoln.