Published Tuesday, October 16, 2012 AT 6:07 PM / Updated at 7:49 PM
Practice Report: Santos getting a look, Cooper going home
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Quick hits from Tuesday’s full-padded practice for the Nebraska football team, which started its workout an hour early because of fall break.

>> Defensive coordinator John Papuchis and linebacker Will Compton agreed that the bye week and fall break led to some of the Huskers’ more physical practices of the year.

“We’ve been full-pad, getting after it, for the last week and a half,” Papuchis said. “The effort level has been good. The physicality has been good. The bye week is a good time to o back and really take a look at where you’re at.”

Said Compton: “Everybody’s been good at keeping it upbeat, but Bo (Pelini) has done his part. We’ve got to go do ours. We want to win the Big Ten and we can. We gotta keep taking that mentality. We can’t fold like we have in previous years. That’s where leadership comes into play. I think we’re going to come out swinging on Saturday.”

>> Papuchis said Will linebacker David Santos has had a good stretch of practices and should play more vs. Northwestern as a result. Nebraska’s been working in freshman linemen Avery Moss and Aaron Curry, too.

“We’re still sawing wood,” Papuchis said.

>> Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter might be the Wildcats’ best wide receiver, too, Papuchis said.

>> It’s homecoming for Chicago native Corey Cooper. The sophomore dime linebacker graduated from Proviso East High School and chose the Huskers over Illinois, among other schools. Cooper said he plans to play in front of 30 friends and family.

“They haven’t seen me play since high school, so I’m excited,” Cooper said. They should see No. 6 quite a bit; Cooper said Nebraska will use some dime against the Wildcats.

“It’s still a business trip — we’re coming out there to win a game,” Cooper said. “But it’ll be good play in front of my people.”

>> Sophomore wide receiver Jamal Turner remains confident he’ll start in the slot even as senior Tim Marlowe returns to the lineup.

>> More praise for Northwestern’s offense from coaches and players. Smart, well-coached, etc. You can read more about the matchup with Nebraska’s defense in tomorrow’s World-Herald.

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