Lincoln - The Nebraska football team practiced for just under two hours in full pads Wednesday afternoon on the grass practice fields north of Memorial Stadium, as the Huskers get set for Saturday's Homecoming tilt with Kansas. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m and the game will not be televised.
"We shortened up today's practice by about 10 minutes," Head Coach Frank Solich. "We are at the point in the season where the guys have been working very hard and are in excellent physical condition. We did have a full pads practice with three team stations. I felt today's practice went well."
Solich also said rover Lannie Hopkins began contact drills on Wednesday and was back at full speed. Hopkins was knocked out of the game at Texas A&M on Oct. 26 and did not play against Texas.
"He has done a good job of blitzing from the defensive fronts we have him blitz from and just playing in a normal defense," Solich said. "He is also a great special teams player. He has added a lot to our team, and is very much a contact player."
Rush end Chris Kelsay also returned to the practice field on Wednesday. "He is still day-to-day, but he was suited up and did get some practice in," Solich said. "We are moving forward with Chris."
Reserve cornerback Joey Robinson was lost for the season on Tuesday with a torn ACL. He will undergo surgery as soon as the swelling subsides. He was covering kickoff on Tuesday when the injury occurred.
The Huskers will return to the practice field on Thursday as they finish up work for Saturday's Big 12 showdown with Kansas. Coach Solich will address the media following practice.