LINCOLN, Neb. ? The Nebraska football team struggled through its afternoon practice that lasted an hour and a half Thursday afternoon on the grass practice fields. The Huskers also held a two-hour practice in full pads Thursday morning at Memorial Stadium.
"They were a little sloppy today," Head Coach Frank Solich said. "They are physically tired and I think the mental fatigue has set in. The only problem with that is that is the nature of football and you have to learn to work through that and learn to execute well.
"We really had too many broken assignments today. We had center and quarterback exchange problems. So, it was not a real smooth day."
The Huskers will practice Friday morning in full pads at Memorial Stadium and come back in the afternoon for a special teams practice.
"Tomorrow afternoon will be a special teams session," Solich said. "I think they will come back a little bit in terms of their legs by Saturday?s scrimmage."
Solich said he understands the fatigue that his team is facing following 11 practices in the past six days, but he hopes to keep the sluggish practice to a minimum.
"You are going to have some sloppy practices, but that was enough," Solich said. "We have one (bad practice) out of the way. There are a lot of things we have to work on, and we want to make sure that we are continuing to get better practice by practice. Regardless of whether we are tired or not, we need to have that happen."
Players will be available to the media following the morning practice, while Coach Solich will address the media after the afternoon workout. Assistant coaches will also be available following the afternoon session.