IRVING, Texas – The Nebraska football team completed its practice sessions for the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a final 90-minute workout at Texas Stadium Saturday afternoon.
“We had a quality practice today,” head coach Bill Callahan said. “We had good tempo and energy. You can sense the excitement in our players. I came away with a very good feel that the team is well-prepared, and we have our rhythm and our execution at the level we want it for the game.”
Nebraska (9-4 overall, 6-2 in the Big 12 Conference) will conduct a short walk-through and take a team picture at Cotton Bowl Stadium tomorrow afternoon in its first and only visit to the stadium before its New Year’s Day clash with the No. 10 Auburn Tigers. The walk-through and team picture are closed to the media and public.
The Huskers will be at full strength offensively, in both the backfield and on the line. Coach Callahan said that all four I-backs -- juniors Brandon Jackson and Kenny Wilson and sophomores Cody Glenn and Marlon Lucky -- senior left guard Greg Austin and sophomore right tackle Matt Slauson will be available for Monday’s game. This bodes well for the Nebraska offense, ranked ninth nationally in total offense at 428.8 yards per game and 13th nationally in scoring offense at 31.9 points per game.
Nebraska is also at full strength on the defensive side with no players injured heading into the Classic -- another positive for the Huskers facing a potent Auburn attack that averages 25.4 points per game and 332.8 yards per game.
The Huskers hope their newest assistant coach, defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt, can bring a little luck from last year’s Cotton Bowl Classic as well. Wyatt joined Coach Callahan’s staff Dec. 14 following four seasons as the defensive line coach at the University of Alabama. Wyatt and the Crimson Tide captured a dramatic 13-10 win over Texas Tech on a last-second field goal in the 2006 Classic.
The 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year’s Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. on FOX Sports with Pat Summerall handling the play-by-play, Brian Baldinger providing the analysis and Krista Voda roaming the sidelines.