By NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska football team conducted an two-hour and 15-minute practice on Wednesday afternoon, splitting time between the grass practice fields and the Cook Pavilion. The Huskers went through approximately 90 minutes of the full-pad workout outdoors in a light rain before moving inside the Cook Pavilion at dark.
Coach Bill Callahan said after Wednesday’s practice that sophomore David Dyches will take over the Huskers’ starting place-kicking duties against Oklahoma on Saturday. Dyches connected on a career-long 46-yard field goal at Texas Tech in his only attempt of the 2004 season. While Dyches will handle the PAT and field-goal kicking, senior Sandro DeAngelis will continue in his starting role on kickoffs.
While a great deal of attention this week has been directed toward Oklahoma freshman running back Adrian Peterson, Callahan singled out the play of Nebraska junior I-back Cory Ross. Ross needs just 63 yards to become the first Nebraska I-back since 2001 to reach 1,000 yards rushing.
“I’m really proud of the effort he has given us,” Callahan said. “It would be great to see an I-back get 1,000 yards this season, and we are hopeful he can hold up to that point.”
Nebraska will complete its full-scale preparations for Saturday’s contest against the second-ranked Sooners with a Thursday afternoon practice.