Huskers Arrive in Shreveport for Independence Bowl

By NU Athletic Communications
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Shreveport, La.?The Nebraska football team had a full day on Monday, as the Huskers made the trip to Shreveport, La., for the 2002 Independence Bowl, then continued preparations for Friday?s game with Ole Miss at Independence Stadium.


The day started early for the Huskers, with the team charter leaving Lincoln Municipal Airport as scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Nebraska arrived in Shreveport at about 10:15 a.m. and made a short bus trip to the team hotel.


?Any time you play a road game, especially a bowl game, half of the battle is getting there,? Solich said. ?We had no problems in that area and arrived on time.?


Nebraska?s afternoon practice began just as a heavy thunderstorm moved through Shreveport. The team took the field for practice at Independence Stadium once thunder and lightning cleared out of the area. The rain was light for the majority of Nebraska?s one-hour and 45-minute workout in full pads.


Husker Coach Frank Solich said he was pleased with the workout and said his team has prepared well for the game throughout practices leading up to the game.


?I was real happy with the players? attitude and concentration today,? Solich said. ?It was pouring rain and lightning when we got to the stadium, but it lightened up and we were able to get in an excellent practice in today in full pads. Tomorrow we will start tapering off and continue to prepare to play a great football game on Friday.?


Solich addressed the media at an evening press conference, along with senior rush end Chris Kelsay, senior I-back Dahrran Diedrick and junior quarterback Jammal Lord. Solich and the players then joined the team at Monday evening?s joint team welcome party at the Bossier Civic Center.


The Huskers will begin Christmas Eve with a FCA Breakfast on Tuesday morning, before an afternoon practice at Independence Stadium.


Solich announced earlier on Monday that Bo Pelini has been hired as Nebraska?s defensive coordinator. Pelini comes to Nebraska from the Green Bay Packers, where he serves as the linebackers coach. Pelini will finish the season with the Packers before assuming his duties with the Huskers.





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