Rex Burkhead and the Huskers will face off against Idaho on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Photo by BreAnna Haessler/NU Media Relations

Huskers Return to Practice Field, Show Good Tempo

By NU Athletic Communications

After its 49-10 victory over Western Kentucky last Saturday, the Nebraska football team returned to the practice field on Monday in preparation for Saturday's game against the Idaho Vandals.

Inclement weather during the afternoon forced the Huskers to practice inside the Hawks Championship Center, as the team went for a little over two hours in helmets and shoulder pads. Head coach Bo Pelini said his players responded well after their first game of the season.

"I thought we had really good tempo today," Pelini said. "Obviously, they didn't have school today, which helps. We had good tempo, and I thought it was a good crisp practice.  We made some progress today."

With one victory under their belt, the Huskers now turn their attention to the Idaho Vandals, who defeated North Dakota 45-0 in their season opener. The Vandals finished the 2009 season with an 8-5 record and a 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in the Roady's Humanitarian bowl.  Pelini believes the Vandals will provide a stiff challenge on Saturday.

"(They are a) Good football team," Pelini said. "They are well coached. They have a good mix of run, pass, and they are balanced. They kind of run their stuff and do it well. They are very well coached, execute well. They are a good football team."

The Vandals are led by senior quarterback Nathan Enderle, who completed 23-of-37 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown in their season opener. The North Platte, Neb., native is entering his fourth season as the lead signal caller for the Vandals.

"He is a good player," Pelini said of Enderle. "He understands the offense. He makes good decisions. He's pretty accurate. He's a really nice player."

The Huskers return to the practice field on Tuesday for their second practice of the week. The Huskers and Vandals will face off this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The game is available by Pay-Per-View. Check back to Huskers.com for more updates on the Nebraska football team throughout the week.

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