Huskers Prepare for Oklahoma State; Collins Absent from Practice
Lincoln ?Nebraska practiced for two hours Wednesday afternoon with the offense working in Memorial Stadium and the defense practicing at Cook Pavilion, as the Huskers continued preparations for Saturday?s road contest with Oklahoma State. The game is set to kickoff at 11:39 a.m. and will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Net.
"We had a good practice today in full pads," Head Coach Frank Solich said. "Because of the weather we went to a split practice. We were unable to get down on the grass because there was too much rain. Wednesdays are a day where we need a lot of room because of how we operate our practice. The defense went into Cook Pavilion and the offense stayed outside."
With the threat of rain in Stillwater on Saturday, today?s weather gave the Husker offense a chance to get acclimated to conditions they might face.
"The reason the offense stayed outside is to handle a wet ball," Solich said. "Almost every weekend we have lined up there has been a chance of rain, and we are hearing that is a strong possibility for down there."
Solich also addressed the status of I-back Thunder Collins.
"We have not had contact with Thunder Collins since the weekend," Solich said. "Thunder has missed practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have tried to get in touch with him on several occasions. We are presuming that he has quit the team, and is no longer a part of the team. We will continue to try and reach him and will take it from there."
Collins entered his senior season as the co-No. 1 I-back for the Huskers, but after playing in Nebraska?s season opener against Arizona State on Aug. 24, he was suspended for the next four games (Troy State, Utah State, Penn State, Iowa State) for failure to comply with NCAA regulations. Collins, who has played in three games, had 39 yards rushing on 14 carries this season.
"I?m sure it has not been a real satisfying season for Thunder for a lot of reasons," Solich said. "The suspension was something that he did overcome and get back on the field. But he did not have a lot of things go his way, and did not get a great number of opportunities once he came back. Whether that has all entered into the fact that he is not here, I?m not certain. What I am certain about is that he is not here and it appears he has quit the team."
NU will continue with its regular practice schedule on Thursday before departing for Stillwater on Friday. The Huskers are scheduled to walk-through at Lewis Field at 3 p.m. Friday.