Rain fell on the Huskers Saturday morning as they practiced for the second time on the University of North Florida campus in Jacksonville in preparation for Wednesday's Gator Bowl against Georgia.
Running back Ameer Abdullah said it was good to work out in less than ideal conditions. “We needed today. On a day like this you have to stay focused. When it’s wet you can’t think about the weather, you have to stay focused on what you have to do.”
Nebraska has been hit by injuries in 2013, but with the extended time off between the end of the regular season and the bowl game, the team is hopeful to have a majority of the team healthy for next week’s game.
“The time off helps a lot,” said Abdullah. “During a four-to-five-month season playing that much football takes a toll on your body, especially playing running back. I’m just ready to get back and play this game.”
The Huskers have time to relax in Jacksonville, but know that a reason for their trip to Florida is to get a win. “We want to win,” Abdullah said. “We aren’t messing around. We understand what a win could do for this program going into next year. We are focused and have the right attitude.”
Following practice, the coaching staff hosted its annual clinic for area high school coaches. Saturday night, the team heads to Latitude 30, one of Jacksonville’s newest and most popular entertainment venues. The team will be treated to two hours of bowling, billiards and arcade games.
The Huskers have two more practices before facing the Bulldogs New Year's Day at 11 a.m. Central Time on ESPN2.