Lincoln -- The Nebraska football team completed its final preparations for Saturday?s Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium by going through a two-hour practice in sweats inside Cook Pavilion on Friday afternoon. Saturday?s Red-White contest is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.
Nebraska head coach Frank Solich said the Huskers have made solid progress throughout their 14 spring workouts.
"The spring went by pretty quick for us," Solich said. "We feel pretty good about what we?ve gotten accomplished in a short time. We got a lot done and overall we are satisfied with the progress that our players have made."
Solich said Saturday?s scrimmage will be played primarily like a regular game, except that quarterbacks Jammal Lord and Curt Dukes will be wearing green jerseys to protect them from contact by the defense. Both Lord and Dukes have been limited to some extent in spring practice by injuries. The game will also feature 12-minute quarters instead of the standard 15-minute quarters during the regular season, and a 15-minute halftime, instead of the standard 20-minute break.
"We are going to work on the passing game a great deal, and we are going to take a look at our I-backs," Solich said. "It will look somewhat similar to what the fans are used to. We plan on playing this like a game tomorrow."
The Red squad will feature the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive units, while the White squad will feature the top two defensive units. Quarterbacks Lord, Dukes and Mike Stuntz will be at the controls of the Red team, while Garth Glissman and Brett Lindstrom will take the snaps for the White squad.
The Red team leads the all-time spring series with the Whites, 29-13-1, including consecutive victories in 2001 and 2002. The Whites picked up their last win, 24-21, in 1998, while the 2000 game ended in a 17-17 tie.
Former Husker assistant coaches Milt Tenopir and Dan Young will be recognized after the first quarter of tomorrow?s game and a retirement party in their honor will be held Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Members of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team will also be honored before the game, along with the members of Nebraska?s women?s gymnastics team, which will be playing host to the 2003 NCAA Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, April 24-26.