Huskers Ready for Wildcats

Posted 12 months ago

By Robert Lovell

UNLLincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours at the Hawks Championship Center on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s matchup with Northwestern.

Head Coach Bo Pelini spoke to the media after practice.

“I think the guys are looking forward to coming out obviously and being back home,” Pelini said of the Huskers, who are playing at home for the first time since Oct. 5.

Pelini added that quarterback Taylor Martinez will sit out for the game. In addition, Pelini said tight end Jake Long is doubtful and wide receiver Jamal Turner is 50/50 for Saturday’s game.

Pelini was happy with quarterback Tommy Armstrong’s week or preparation.

“(Tommy) looked good,” Pelini said. “(He and Ron Kellogg III) had a good week, and I think they are ready to go.”

Pelini also expressed pleasure in the performances of MIKE linebackers Michael Rose and Josh Banderas during this week’s practice.

“I thought they took command,” Pelini said. “Now we have to put it on film on Saturday. I thought we had a good week. I like our week of preparation. I like our plan. Now it comes down to execution.”

Pelini talked about the defense as a whole, saying he wants them to play well.

“I want them to execute well and communicate,” Pelini said. “I want guys to play fast, hard, decisive and do their job. That’s what I’m looking for. That’s what equates to success. Nothing less will be accepted.”

The Huskers and Wildcats kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.