Huskers Face Top Running Back

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The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's game at Michigan State. Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis addressed the media following practice with his focus on Spartan running back Le'Veon Bell.

"(Bell) is a tough, physical, downhill runner," Papuchis said. "He runs well behind his pads, he's punishing, and you want to make him run east and west as much as you can."

Bell comes into this weekend's game with 1,061 rushing yards on the season, including a 253-yard performance against Eastern Michigan in Week 4. Last season, Nebraska was able to limit him to 58 yards on 12 carries in its 24-3 victory over the Spartans. The Huskers will be looking to slow him down again this Saturday in East Lansing.

Papuchis also commented on some of Michigan State's other offensive weapons, including a balanced receiving corps.

"The thing that jumps out to me more than anything (besides Bell), is their balance in terms of the distribution of catches across the board," Papuchis said. "They have five different guys with between 22 and 32 catches. A year ago, Cunningham was their guy, and we knew we had to stop him going into the game. This year, they are a lot more evenly distributed across the board and that makes it a little more difficult to defend."

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