Lincoln ­- The Nebraska football team concluded its last two practices with only freshmen Thursday and await the arrival of the varsity on Friday.

Under much cooler conditions, the Huskers held an hour and half practice on the Memorial Stadium turf Thursday morning and an hour and 15 minute session during the afternoon on the grass practice fields.

?Really, it was their first real day of two-a-days,? Head Coach Frank Solich said. ?Yesterday they had testing in the morning and one practice in the afternoon. Today we had a practice in the morning and one in the afternoon. The weather kind of helped us out a little bit today with a cool breeze, compared to yesterday.

?They have not been really pushed up to this point. Now when they get with the rest of the 105 that arrives tomorrow, and practice with them the following day, it will be a whole new experience for them. But, they have responded well as a group of freshmen up to this point.?

Nebraska?s 105-man roster will report tomorrow with media day activities getting under way at 11:30 a.m. with lunch. Coach Solich will address the media at noon with defensive coordinator Craig Bohl and players to follow. NU will return to the practice field on Saturday with testing in the morning and the first varsity practice at 3:30 p.m.

Huskers Ranked Eighth in Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
Head Coach Frank Solich
?I think the poll reflects the strength of our conference with four Big 12 teams in the top eight. We are positioned about as expected in terms of losing Eric Crouch at quarterback and other key seniors, but we have a talented football team returning. They are really looking forward to getting started. It should be a very interesting season.?

School '01 Rec. Pts. Final '01
1. Miami (Fla.) (34) 12-0 1,444 1
2. Texas (9) 11-2 1,399 5
3. Oklahoma (11) 11-2 1,397 6
4. Florida State (7) 8-4 1,357 15
5. Tennessee 11-2 1,255 4
6. Colorado 10-3 1,010 9
7. Florida 10-2 972 3
8. Nebraska 11-2 951 7
9. Washington 8-4 914 19
10. Michigan 8-4 894 20
11. Georgia 8-4 858 25
12. Ohio State 7-5 761 NR
13. LSU 10-3 749 8
14. Washington State 10-2 748 11
15. Oregon 11-1 663 2
16. Virginia Tech 8-4 550 18
17. Louisville 11-2 378 16
18. Michigan State 7-5 371 NR
19. Southern California 6-6 349 NR
20. Maryland 10-2 315 10
21. Marshall 11-2 280 21
22. South Carolina 9-3 213 13
23. Wisconsin 5-7 210 NR
24. Penn State 5-6 206 NR
25. N.C. State 7-5 174 NR
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (158), Auburn (150), UCLA (114), Kansas State (110), Boston College (85), Brigham Young (84), Georgia Tech (70), Syracuse (66), Illinois (55), Oregon State (54), Clemson (46), Purdue (45), Utah (44), Fresno State (42), Mississippi (41), Arkansas (40), Colorado State (39), Southern Mississippi (23), Iowa State (22), Stanford (21), Notre Dame (18), Hawaii (14), Arizona (12), Iowa (11), Texas Tech (11), Boise State (7), Pittsburgh (7), North Carolina (4), Toledo (4), Virginia (3), Minnesota (2), West Virginia (2), Louisiana Tech (1), UNLV (1), Wake Forest (1).