Published Wednesday, March 16, 2011 AT 2:52 PM / Updated at 2:52 PM
Pelini embracing spring practice’s week off
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska will wrap up the early portion of its spring practice schedule Wednesday afternoon and take a full week off, a structure that coach Bo Pelini has absolutely no issues with.

He’s never taken a break midway through offseason drills like this before, but he wanted to keep the spring game on April 16 and he chose against squeezing 14 workouts into a three-week span (the university’s spring break starts Monday).

So Wednesday is the Huskers’ third and final on-field session before their 12-day, practice-less stretch. They do have weight lifting sessions in Lincoln Thursday and Friday, but then they’re free.

Pelini said many of the players plan to use the time off for a trip home. And he’s fine with that.

“They know what’s at stake,” Pelini said. “They know they have to do a little bit of working out when they’re at home. … But they need a break after winter conditioning. We’ll give them a little bit of a rest.”

From a coaching standpoint, the break gives the staff an opportunity to thoroughly evaluate personnel and perhaps alter its approach a bit. Tim Beck was promoted to offensive coordinator and NU also has four new assistant coaches.

“It’s going to be a pretty aggressive install for the first three days, then we’ll come back after the break,” Pelini said. “I kind of like that where we are right now because then it will give us a chance as a staff to evaluate it, see where we are. Then we’ll come back that following Monday and review it. The install will keep going on that next week.”

We’ll have more from Pelini and several other Huskers after practice Wednesday. Check back with for updates.

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.