The Nebraska football team practiced for just less than two hours Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center as the Huskers finished preparations for Colorado on Saturday. After practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media about this week’s match-up with the Buffaloes.
“I thought we had a good week of practice,” Pelini said. “Obviously it was a short week. I thought the attention to detail was good, I thought the effort was good and the tempo was good.”
Senior wide receiver Niles Paul suffered a foot injury in Tuesday afternoon’s practice. Paul will be out for Friday’s game. Pelini said Paul’s spirits have remained high despite the injury.
“He’s doing well,” Pelini said. “Obviously my heart goes out to him. He is such a competitor. He wanted to play in his last home game here. It was kind of a freak accident. It was a non-contact deal, just running down the field. He’s in better spirits today. The most important thing, he understands it’s not a long-term thing for him. It could have been a lot worse. There have been a lot worse injuries. Everybody has to keep in mind, he is such a competitor. I know it hurts, but he’s a team guy and he just wants to be there for his teammates.”
Senior defensive back Eric Hagg has played an important role in the development and dominance of the Husker defense in 2010. Pelini noted that Hagg has played a huge part on the team and done a phenomenal job.
“Eric is just such a versatile guy,” Pelini said. “There aren’t many guys out there who could do the things we ask him to do and also line up and play corner, nickel, safety, not only physically, but mentally. On top of that, he is an absolutely phenomenal human being. He’s a joy to coach.”
The Huskers will honor 25 players appearing in their final game at Memorial Stadium before Friday’s game. The group includes 23 seniors and two other players ending their active playing career- Ryan Hill and Faron Klingelhoefer. Pelini said Friday will be an emotional day for all who are involved.
“I know it will be for them,” Pelini said. “I just want to send them out the right way. They’ve done a lot. They’ve done everything I’ve asked, the staff has asked, they’ve come a long way. We want to do right by them, to do that you honor them by playing good football.”
The Huskers and Buffaloes are scheduled to kick off on Friday at 2:30 p.m. from Memorial Stadium. The game will be shown nationwide on ABC.