Published Monday, September 24, 2012 AT 1:42 PM / Updated at 12:13 AM
Press Conference, Sept. 24: Bo, Huskers talk Wisky
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

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.


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  1. Davidtoo says:

    The alternative uniforms have to be the most distasteful display of antaganism towards our tradition as possible. Were the designers smoking crack when they decided NU needed a black helmet??
    Utterly distasteful. The athletic department should be embarassed for allowing this cheap display of “trendy” commericialism to invade memorial stadium. Thank GOD it is only for one game. Afterwards please have a public bonefire where the uniforms can be discarded respectfully.

  2. GreyHusker says:

    Loosen up a bit. I don’t see anything wrong with letting the players have some fun with the uniforms. By the way, I like the new look,

    1. Bigtouch says:

      I agree for one game it’s not the end of the world. I really loved the all red home jersey NU sported in 1986 against Oklahoma.

  3. Big Daddy says:

    It’s time to pull your head out of the 1970′s!!! This is what recruits want and you have to get with the times. In case you haven’t noticed the best teams in the country are doing it. Last time I checked that is where we are trying to get.

    1. Bob says:

      Yep, saw Maryland do it several times last year. And Colorado! Must be working because those recruits are flocking to their schools. Bama or LSU pull this stunt yet? FSU or KState? Nope, go back to old fashion recruiting tactics, just win games!!!

      1. Bill says:

        Alabama and LSU have indeed pulled this stunt, as well as Oregon, Florida State, Georgia, Stanford, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Miami, and lots of other teams.

  4. Huskerdude says:

    Seriously I am a 49 year old fart who listened to the games on radio at my Grandpa and Dad’s Farm supply Store in Tecumseh Nebr. and I love the alt uniforms (for a few games at least) Let en wear em shuddup and enjoy the victory. Cant be any worse than them God aweful red socks they wore before heh heh. Go Big Red!! ( i finally got to go to Memorial stadium and watch the Huskers for Arkansas ST. btw)

    Change isn’t always bad and Go T Magic! Man you and Rex are an awesome Duo. (Not to mention the rest of the guys)

    Thanks for making us believe again guys, I got good hopes for you. Oh and for Bo too!

  5. Mel says:

    Can’t believe we’re back to starting the three slowest LBs we’ve ever had for this game.