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Huskers Continue Gearing Up for Capital One Bowl, Gamecocks

By NU Athletic Communications
LINCOLN- The Nebraska Cornhuskers practiced for the second time this week on Wednesday afternoon as they continued to prepare for the Captial One Bowl when they face SEC foe South Carolina. The Huskers practiced in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Center.

After practice offensive coordinator Tim Beck spoke with the media about practice and the upcoming bowl game.

Beck said that he liked the energy and effort he saw out of the Huskers today.

"I like the energy and the effort. It's just keeping them sharp," Beck said. "That's the biggest thing right now. I know offensively it's all about timing and execution for us. I like the attitude and the effort. It's been good. The guys have been able to run around. I think our workouts have been very spirited and good."

With finals week in full-swing and the holidays approaching, Beck said that he still wants to see improvement when Nebraska hits the practice field.

"We've got to practice. We've got to be ready to play. We have to continue to improve," Beck said. "[Head coach] Bo [Pelini] will probably tell you as I will; I don't know if we've played our best game or a complete game yet. That's the goal and we're going to have to. That's a good football team. We have to go down there and be able to do that."

Beck said the one difference he sees between Big Ten defenses and SEC defenses is speed.

"They have all kinds of speed, all over the place. I think their trainers can run," Beck joked. "I mean they are fast."

Beck compared South Carolina's defense to a defense that the Huskers have been accustomed to facing in the Big 12 and thinks it'll be a fun test.

"They remind me of a Big 12 type defense: very fast, very athletic, run to the ball and are well coached," Beck said. "To be honest, size wise, I'm not exactly sure. I know we've played some big ole boys this year in Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State. They can't be much bigger than that, at least I sure hope not. I think our team plays best against those teams. I think our team rallies and I have a lot of confidence in our guys. We have to make them worry about us. I can't worry about them."

Even with the defensive speed that the South Carolina Gamecocks possess, Beck said that Nebraska needs to worry about themselves if they're going to have success in the bowl game.

 "We have to worry about ourselves. We have to execute," Beck said. "We have to take care of the football. We got to play our style of game and that's the best chance you're going to have for success."

South Carolina's defense gives up an average of 18.8 points per game this season and a large part of their success is due to their two pass rushing defensive ends in Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney who have totaled 14.5 sacks. But Beck said that the Huskers are going to try and take advantage of what they do when it comes to game planning.

"I think you try to take advantage of what they do. They're also going to be coached for the next month and even though they run up the field and they're great pass rushers. Who knows against us, they might squeeze. There's no telling," Beck said. "We typically have to practice against all of it because we just don't know. We're so unique offensively with Taylor back there being the dual threat that he is and Rex the way he is, the speed of the tailbacks with some of those other guys, a big-play threat at wide receiver. And the solid play in our tight ends. I think the multiple formations and tempos, I don't know what we're going to get."

The Huskers will hit the practice field on Friday as they continue to prepare for the Captial One Bowl. The Huskers kick off against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Jan. 2, 2012 at noon. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Continue to check back to for all your football updates as the Huskers gear up for Capital One Bowl.


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