Nebraska held its final practice of the spring on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s spring game.
“It was a good go today,” said head coach Bo Pelini. “It was a spirited go. We got a lot done. It was a good practice to finish this thing off and get ready for Saturday. That’s more of a show for the fans obviously and a show of appreciation. We’re going to be thin because we have some guys nicked up that won’t participate, but we split the team in half and we are going to have some guys play on both teams. We’ll end up being pretty basic and have some fun with it.”
Pelini said the coaches will pick the teams and senior quarterback Taylor Martinez will play sparingly. He also said that Ameer Abdullah and David Santos among others will sit out on Saturday because of injury.
“It was a physical spring and a hard-hitting spring, so we have some guys that are nicked up and what you’d expect at this time. With all the things we have coming up after the spring game, the off-season program and that type of thing, we’re not going to put anyone at risk that is nicked up going into this thing.”
Pelini added that he can’t do much evaluation off a spring game. “I mean a little bit. It’s blocking and tackling. I want to see how guys react and I want to see execution. It’s not about tricking the other team or anything else, it’s about playing basic fundamentals and basic football. I want to see how they handle the environment.”
The Red-White Spring Game kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday and will be shown on the Big Ten Network.