Published Friday, September 2, 2011 AT 9:05 AM / Updated at 9:05 AM
Bo likes makeup of team
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Before Bo Pelini started the position-by-position breakdown of his fourth Nebraska football team Friday morning, he told a Big Red Breakfast crowd about some other reasons for liking this unit.

They had to do with what he called a “tremendous amount of leadership on this team” and players who “represent our program off the field in the right way.”

“Right now, the way things are in our program, I don’t have to set a lot of rules,” Pelini said. “The rules come from the players. And when it starts being that way, and they start holding each other accountable, it gives you a chance.”

Pelini said the Unity Council came to him Thursday with the rules it wanted the team “to live by” for the coming season. They were basically the same, Pelini said, as he would have drawn them up.

“They understand what it takes, and it wasn’t like that when I first got here,” he said. “There was a lot of ‘I’ going around.”

Pelini told a crowd of about 300 at the La Vista Conference Center that NU has a nice combination of youth and experience. The Huskers also appear mostly healthy going into Saturday’s season-opening game with Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Let me write for our Metro edition and then I’ll share more later.

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