After a heartbreaking 16-15 loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday, the Nebraska football team took to the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields northeast of Memorial Stadium for a 90-minute workout on Monday afternoon. The Huskers prepared both mentally and physically for their matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.
"I thought they came back well," Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said. "I thought it was a really good practice. Real fast, good tempo. I thought it was pretty physical. It was a good practice. I really liked the way they came out and their attitude today."
Coach Pelini and the NU staff have moved on from last weekend's loss and look ahead to meeting the Ragin' Cajuns this Saturday.
"You have to recover and you have to come back," Pelini said. "There's nothing we can do about Saturday. It's over. I've moved on, the staff has moved on and the team has moved on. Everything that we've set out to accomplish is still out there for us to do."
Nebraska looks to overcome several obstacles at practice this week, including maintaining focus and playing more accountable football. Coach Pelini also discussed the need for intense practices every day.
"It all starts out here," Pelini said. "It all starts in how you practice and maintaining your focus and your discipline in practice because you're going to play the way you practice."
NU will also look to minimize defensive errors at practice this week.
"We're not good enough yet (on defense)," Pelini said. "I think that there were a lot of other errors that weren't taken advantage of so-to-speak. We didn't play up to our standard and we have high standards. Our kids, throughout the whole football game, offensively, defensively, special teams, played really hard. They played with passion. They played with great effort, but we don't always play smart and that's the area we have to fix."
Although quarterback Zac Lee did not practice today, Coach Pelini assured Lee would be the starting quarterback against Louisiana-Lafayette.
"He's fine," Pelini said. "It was just a medication thing. He had some medication and he'll be fine. It was a medication deal and he shouldn't exert himself when he has that medication. He'll be back out tomorrow.
The Huskers will continue preparations for this weekend's game with another practice Tuesday afternoon. The Nebraska-Louisiana Lafayette, which is Memorial Stadium's 300th consecutive sellout, will begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSN Pay-Per-View.