Quick hits from a brisk-but-fruitful Monday presser at Memorial Stadium:
>>Rex Burkhead may still wear the knee brace this week. It’ll be a doctor’s decision.
>>Plenty of respect from NU players for Wisconsin’s physicality and commitment to running the football. Burkhead praised the Badgers’ linebacker Chris Borland as the leader of UW’s defense and a guy who gets off blocks to make tackles.
“I felt him last year,” Burkhead said of meeting Borland’s tackles on a number of plays.
>>Coach Bo Pelini and his players expect a loud Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Pelini said “juiced.” Burkhead said “crazy.” Linebacker Will Compton said he’d like the crowd to be the “12th and 13th Man.” Can Nebraska fans live up to their expectations?
>>Can Bo live up to the fans’ expectations? He appears to have no problems with them as of Monday. When asked if he thought fans felt entitled or antsy for a conference championship – in other words, Pelini was being baited – the coach said: “What do you want me to say? I’m pretty edgy myself…my expectation is win a conference championship every year. Period. End of story. That’s my expectation. I would think that would be the fans’ expectation.”
>>Pelini said discussions about recruiting — NU hosts a whole raft of players this weekend – are ongoing, including whether Nebraska should limit its efforts in low-production areas (like the East Coast) and expand into Ohio, Texas, California and the Midwest.
>>Martinez described last year’s 48-17 loss to Wisconsin as the low point of his career because of three costly interceptions.
>>Safety P.J. Smith said UW running back Montee Ball is one of the “top five” backs he’s ever faced, but he’s not necessarily hard to tackle along as “11 hats get to the ball.”
>>Nebraska players and coaches played down the alternate uniforms a little bit, but the media relations staff brought a mannequin upstairs with a Rex Burkhead uniform on to show off.