Huskers Begin Bowl Preparations

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln - The Nebraska football team began its preparations for the 2002 MainStay Independence Bowl against Ole Miss with a one-hour and 45-minute workout inside Cook Pavilion Wednesday.

Nebraska Head Coach Frank Solich was pleased with the Huskers? first workout in full pads since Sunday?s bowl announcement, noting that they were able to get some work between the top units to stay sharp for the Dec. 27 matchup with the Rebels.

"It was a good practice today," Solich said. "We had some 1s vs. 1s and felt good about how the guys were moving around. We do have a share of players with bruises and injuries now, but we are hopeful that they will clear up and have them return to practice soon. Overall, the attitude of the players was excellent."

Solich also has been impressed with the work of Defensive line coach Jeff Jamrog and graduate assistant Jimmy Burrow, who have coached the defensive unit since last week?s coaching changes.

"Both of them have great work ethic and that really helps in this situation," Solich said. They are taking on added duties, but they have responded well, and the players have responded very well to them.

"The bottom line is that we are getting out of it what we were hoping to get out of it and we feel good about what they have accomplished so far."

Following practice, Solich announced that former Husker quarterback and current Green Bay Packer defensive back Scott Frost has joined the staff as a graduate assistant during bowl preparations. Frost, who is currently on the Packers? injured reserve list, has been taking classes at NU during the fall and will assist Jamrog and Burrow on defense for the Huskers? game against Ole Miss.

The Huskers will take Thursday off before returning to practice Friday and Saturday. The Huskers will have an abbreviated schedule next week because of finals.


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