The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours Tuesday in the Hawks Championship Center. The Huskers are preparing for a non-conference test with Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson noted that after sitting out yesterday's practice quarterback Zac Lee's practiced the best he has all season today.
"He did great," Watson said. "He had one of the best practices, probably his best practice of the year today. He did a great job; he came out here today and was on a mission."
Lee started the season strong for Nebraska, debuting with impressive showings in the Huskers' first two home games. While he struggled against Virginia Tech, Watson commented on how Lee can look to grow from his experience.
"He got spoiled with his first two performances (of the season)," Watson said. "He went through a humbling Saturday. He would tell you the same thing I tell you, he didn't play his best ball, he struggled. Part of that I share in also. I have to help him through those times. He's learned from it and that is what we want him to do."
Junior running back Roy Helu had an impressive showing for Nebraska against the Hokies, rushing 28 times for a career-high 169 yards. Watson said that is what they've been looking for out of Helu, especially in games against strong opponents.
"That is what we expect out of Roy," Watson said. "He's learned to show up big in big games. He knew how to handle that type of environment and atmosphere. It didn't surprise us that he played that well. He's had a great summer and is in the best shape he's been in. I think his endurance showed. When he got more touches, he got hotter, which is what a good back does."
The Huskers will continue preparations for this weekend's non-conference finale against the Ragin' Cajuns with another practice Wednesday afternoon. The Nebraska-Louisiana Lafayette game, which is Memorial Stadium's 300th consecutive sellout, will begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on FSN Pay-Per-View.