The travel and late-night return from Los Angeles left some Nebraska football players trying to get their legs back as the Huskers returned to practice Monday.
NU arrived in Lincoln at 5 a.m. on Sunday after the 36-30 loss at UCLA. But linebacker Alonzo Whaley said that was just “part of a football schedule” – no different than a businessman coming back late from a trip and still having to work the next day.
“They’re not going to say, ‘Oh, I’m not going to go to work because I got in late,’ ” Whaley said. “I mean, it’s just part of it. You get up and you go to work the next day.
“I still have the hangover, but at the end of the day I got to prepare myself for a new week. I can’t stay stuck on UCLA because it won’t do me any good going into Arkansas State.”
Quincy Enunwa said he watched film on his laptop on the return flight from Los Angeles rather than trying to sleep. The receiver went to bed around 6 a.m. and got what rest he could before joining teammates for their Sunday shakeout run at 1 p.m.
“I’m pretty tired,” offensive lineman Brent Qvale said. “I don’t know if it’s jet lag or anything. We’ll be ready to go Saturday, so it’s all good.”