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Huskers' Bowl Preparation Begins

By NU Athletic Communications

The Holiday Bowl-bound Nebraska football team worked out for 1 ½ hours inside the Hawks Championship Center Saturday morning, as the team prepares for the Dec. 30 game against Arizona.

Head Coach Bo Pelini said the bowl practices allow the younger players to gain valuable experience, but that the team hasn't forgotten its purpose.

"You try and get them some extra work and they get some extra time there and you also get a chance to get them some more weight room time and that type of thing," Pelini said. "But our No. 1 focus is on getting ready for playing a good football team in Arizona."

Pelini said the offense won't undergo any major changes before the game against the Wildcats, but that they will continue to improve with the added practice time.

"Obviously for the offseason we'll probably do some things a little bit different," Pelini said. "But it's hard in this amount of time. We'll simplify and get better at executing. That's where our focus is right now."

Pelini and most of the defensive coaching staff were boarding a plane for New York early Saturday afternoon to attend the Heisman Trophy presentation. Pelini has spent the week traveling the country with Heisman finalist Ndamukong Suh to various award ceremonies.

"It's just been fun. He's accomplished a lot," Pelini said. "He's getting recognized and I think it's been great for our program. I really take my hat off to this whole football team. It's fun to be in those settings and see how people are now regarding Nebraska and how far we've come. We all know that we've got a ways to go yet."

The Heisman Trophy presentation will be broadcast Saturday night on ESPN, beginning at 7 p.m. CT. The team will return to the practice field on Sunday.


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