A preseason pick of being ranked ninth by the Coaches Poll, questions about who the starting quarterback will be and all of those other questions that fans have need to take a back seat for a few weeks while Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini gets his team off the ground this first week of practice.
The Huskers held their first fall practice on Saturday afternoon for 2 1/2 hours in helmets and shorts. NCAA regulations state that teams must hold three practices in helmets only before moving to pads.
After Saturday and Sunday’s practices, NU will have Monday’s practice in helmets before they can start putting on shells. At this point, early on, the key for Bo Pelini is just getting the team back to basics and working on fundamentals. If those are not in place, it will be difficult to move forward with the message that he and the coaching staff is trying to convey and that’s finishing.
“We talk about finishing all the time. That’s what it’s all about when you’re trying to be a good football player. You have to be able to finish, not only as a team but individually in practice, drills and everything we do. It’s a big emphasis in this program.”
While Pelini may not address it, everyone knows the race for quarterback will be the big topic this August. For more on that, below is Sean Callahan’s report on the QB race.