Nebraska's football team Thursday afternoon wrapped up another week of prep for the Capital One Bowl and will now go on break until Christmas Day. Aside from players who live in Florida — who will travel directly to the Orlando bowl site from their homes — the Huskers will return on Christmas, go through a short workout Dec. 26, and board a plane after that.
“Christmas is a time when you should be with your family,” coach Bo Pelini said. “We recruit kids who come here from a long way away. It's part of the deal. And I tell their parents that, if at all possible, if the bowl schedule allows it, I'm going to make sure they're going to be able to see their boy at Christmas.”
When the Huskers reach Orlando, Pelini expects the players to have plenty of options to spend their free time — even if NU players enjoyed some of the same attractions last year.
“Every single day you have multiple options you can sign up for,” Pelini said. “You can't do it all. Orlando has enough stuff for guys. You can't do it all the first time you're down there. This gives them an opportunity to do things they didn't do last year.”
Pelini declined to address the big-picture/offseason implications for beating Georgia, an SEC team that was four points away from playing for the national title.
“I know you guys love to talk big picture and everything else,” Pelini said. “It's the next game, so it's important. And we'll treat it accordingly.”
More quick hits from practice:
Ľ True freshman Tommy Armstrong should be back at full strength by spring camp, Pelini said. Armstrong injured his knee midway through the season.
“I can't tell you how excited I am for Tommy and his future here,” Pelini said.
Ľ Pelini praised his freshman tight ends — Sam Cotton and walk-ons Trey Foster and Jared Blum — for making progress.
Ľ Look for redshirt freshman Ryne Reeves or Jake Cotton to get an extended look in bowl practices at guard, as one or both may help out with depth in the Capital One Bowl.
“Jake Cotton's really come on in the last month or so,” Pelini said. “I think he's 100 percent healthy and getting back to where he was before he was hurt.”
Ľ Pelini said that Alabama has not requested his permission to talk to NU defensive backs coach Terry Joseph. Joseph has been rumored to be a candidate for the Crimson Tide's secondary job.
— Sam McKewon