After taking the last two days off from workouts due to finals on the UNL campus, the Nebraska football team returned to the Hawks Championship Center Thursday afternoon for a two-hour, full-pad practice in preparation for the Huskers’ New Year’s Day showdown with Clemson at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

                                      

“We had a good go,” defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said.  “Anytime you take two days off like you do during the bowl game (preparation), some of the real detailed stuff suffers a bit the first day back.  But there was great effort and, for the most part, the assignments are good.  It’s just that, especially during finals week, you just have to get their minds honed back into the details of the game.”

 

Despite having two more weeks to prepare for the game with the Tigers, Nebraska has already installed much of its game plan.  This was a priority for the Husker coaching staff entering bowl preparations.

 

“Our entire game plan on both sides of the ball will be installed by Saturday,” Pelini said.  “When you get down to the bowl site, you still have five or six practices to hone everything up.  That was very important to us to have our entire game plan in on both sides of the ball before we left, so it was a matter of revisiting it before we got down there, not installing anything new.”

 

Nebraska will continue pre-Christmas practices in Lincoln with a workout Friday afternoon, followed by a Saturday morning practice before the players are allowed to go home for the Christmas holiday.  The Huskers will practice once more in Lincoln on December 26 before departing for Jacksonville and the Gator Bowl that afternoon