Huskers Put on Full Pads for the First Time This Fall

By NU Athletic Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. ? The Nebraska football team put on full pads for the first time this fall Wednesday morning in a two-hour practice at Memorial Stadium, as the Huskers continue two-a-day practices.

NU moved to the grass practice fields north of Memorial Stadium for the afternoon workout that lasted just over an hour and a half.

"It was a good effort day," Head Coach Frank Solich said. "We got an awful lot of reps in this afternoon in terms of teamwork and the pace was good. At times you could see some guys really starting to pick some things up. Of course we are still a ways away from being polished."

The Huskers settled into a good tempo for the first day of full pads, as they continued to focus on the fundamentals on both sides of the ball.

"This morning was the first day of full pads and I thought the tempo was good," Solich said. "Sometimes you have guys come out and go 100 mph and that is not what you are after when you are talking about a two-hour practice. There has to be some give and take and some balance there, and they did a good job of that so we could operate from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball."

Linebacker Chad Sievers and rover Philip Bland both missed practice on Wednesday nursing knee injuries suffered on Tuesday.

"Chad Sievers will probably be out for approximately three weeks with a knee that is strained," Solich said. "Philip Bland was also out, but we don?t expect that to be long lasting. His situation is more day-by-day, although, I don?t expect him to be back tomorrow or the next day."

The Huskers will return to the practice at Memorial Stadium Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. for their second full-pads practice of the fall. NU will then move the grass practice fields for the afternoon session that is slated to start at 3 p.m. The afternoon practice will be in either half pads or shorts and helmets. Players will be available to the media following the morning practice, while Coach Solich will address media after the afternoon workout. Assistant coaches will also be available following the afternoon session.


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