Five Huskers Earn Blackshirts

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The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours inside the Hawks Championship Center on Tuesday in helmets and shorts, beginning preparation for Saturday's game against Bethune-Cookman.

Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media following practice and discussed the coaching staff handing out Blackshirts to a few additional players.

"We want to get all the starters [wearing Blackshirts], and we've been waiting for an opportune time," Chinander said. "Guys have learned how to practice and learned what we want out of the defense...so it was a good time to get the starters into the Blackshirts."

Chinander went on to talk about what he saw from the defense in the Huskers' win against Minnesota last Saturday.

"[There were] two big plays we didn't like...but both plays are easily correctable," Chinander said. "Other than that, guys were pretty assignment-sound. Guys ran to the ball, guys tackled, we created a turnover when we needed to, and got a couple big stops on fourth down. The biggest thing was that we got put in bad positions a couple time for field position, which happens. That's football. But the difference was the guys said, 'This is our chance. This is a challenge. Let's go get this thing.' We have a long ways to go, but they're starting to embrace things that make you a good defense."

Chinander also mentioned how the team came back to practice after the staff gave them Monday off.

"They came off great today," Chinander said. "They need to know, and they're embracing the fact that we're not taking a day off because of Bethune-Cookman...they better think that Bethune-Cookman is a good football team, because they are. We're taking a day off because it should have been their bye week, and Coach Frost is trying to get their bodies back a little bit because we have a long run to come ahead."

Chinander also brought up the offensive similarities between Bethune-Cookman and Nebraska.

"They're going to present some of the same challenges as our own offense does," Chinander said. "They're going to spread the field...they run the RPO (run-pass-option) games. I think their quarterback does a nice job. He can throw the football, and he's pretty slippery when he wants to run it. I think this is a good football team we're playing, and it's going to be a good game for everybody to watch. We have got to be assignment-sound."

The Huskers will host the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised on BTN.