Nebraska began to wrap up a week of preparation for its Big Ten opener, practicing for 90 minutes in helmets and shorts Thursday afternoon.
Head coach Bo Pelini commented after practice on how prepared he believed senior linebackers Alonzo Whaley and Sean Fisher are for Saturday's match-up. "They'll be ready to go. They've been playing, some spot playing. It's a different type of offense we're seeing this week, so we have to make an adjustment there. It's about execution. Those two guys are obviously part of it, but everybody, we just have to execute at a high level."
Pelini stated that the defense will have several options to go to against the Badgers, but reiterated that execution is key. "We've got a lot of options. We'll see how the game goes. Like I said, in my opinion, it's not what you do it's how you do it. If we execute, we'll be okay."
Pelini also gave his thoughts on UW redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave, who will lead the Badgers' offense against the Huskers at Memorial Stadium.
"I think he's going to be a really good player. He has good size, he has good arm strength. I thought he looked pretty cool and I think he's going to be a pretty good player. Obviously he's young in his career, but he's got a lot ahead of him. I think he's going to be really good for them."
Overall, Pelini said the team is ready for the challenge the Badgers will present Saturday night. "I think our guys are anxious to go play. It'll be a heck of a challenge coming in here. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the opponent who is coming in."
The team will conduct a final walk-through practice on Friday afternoon.