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Huskers Begin Preparations for Homecoming Battle with Kansas
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
11/04/2002
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Chris Kelsay returned to practice for the first time Monday.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Lincoln - The Nebraska football team practiced in sweats for approximately an hour and 45 minutes on the grass practice fields north of Memorial Stadium on Monday, kicking off preparations for Saturday?s Homecoming contest with the Kansas Jayhawks set for a 12:30 p.m. start.

"I thought we moved around pretty good today," Coach Frank Solich said. "After watching the game film of the Texas game, I thought we saw a lot of great effort, great individual efforts and a lot of great individual plays. I was pleased with our attitude and our effort, and at times our execution in the game."

The Huskers will try to rebound from their narrow 27-24 loss to No. 7 Texas on Saturday, which ended Nebraska?s 26-game home winning streak. The Huskers will also try to start a new winning streak against Kansas, while attempting to extend their 33-game Homecoming winning streak. The Jayhawks head into Saturday?s game with a 2-8 record and an 0-6 mark in Big 12 Conference play after a loss to in-state rival Kansas State over the weekend.

Monday marked the return of senior rush end Chris Kelsay and sophomore rover Lannie Hopkins to practice. Kelsay has missed Nebraska?s last 19 quarters of action after suffering a hamstring injury in the first quarter against McNeese State. Hopkins did not play against Texas after being knocked out at Texas A&M on Oct. 26.

"Chris Kelsay and Lannie Hopkins were both out there running around today, and it was good to have them back," Solich said. "Kelsay is probably still day-to-day, and Lannie will not have any contact until he is cleared by the doctors."

The Nebraska Athletic Department announced Monday afternoon that a limited number of returned tickets from the University of Kansas? allotment were available for resale through the NU Athletic Ticket Office. Ticket can be purchased in person at the NU Athletic Ticket Office on the main level of the Stadium Drive Parking Garage or by calling 1-800-8BIGRED or (402) 472-3111.

Coach Solich and the Huskers will hold their weekly media gathering on the 6th Level of the Don Bryant Media Facility at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday with Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook scheduled to start the press conference at 11 a.m. Nebraska women?s basketball coach Connie Yori will follow Cook at 11:15 a.m., with lunch and selected Husker football players scheduled to follow Coach Yori at approximately 11:30 p.m. Solich is set to meet the media at noon.

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