Nebraska’s football team Thursday afternoon wrapped up another week of prep for the Capital One Bowl and will now go on break until Dec. 25, Christmas Day. Aside from players who live in Florida – who will travel directly to the Orlando bowl site from their homes – the Huskers will return on Christmas, go through a short workout Dec. 26, and board a plane after that.
“Christmas is a time when you should be with your family,” Pelini said. “We recruit kids who come here from a long way away. It’s part of the deal. And I tell their parents that, if at all possible, if the bowl schedule allows it, I’m going to make sure they’re going to be able to see their boy at Christmas.”
>> Pelini said Nebraska intends to recruit “a full class” for the 2013 cycle, and by that, he suggested the class could be bigger than 25, depending on the Huskers’ mid-year transfers. Although NU missed out on a couple junior-college transfers in the last couple days, Pelini said the Huskers will continue to look at JUCO players throughout the rest of this recruiting cycle.
“We always have Plan As, Plan Bs,” Pelini said. “It’s an ever-changing thing, recruiting is. We have guys that we’re recruiting and we’ll see how it plays out. There’s some junior college kids in the mix at some positions.”
Pelini said it was not “imperative” for Nebraska to sign a junior-college defensive tackle.
“We’re not going to bring somebody to bring him in,” Pelini said.
>> Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong should be back at full strength by spring camp, Pelini said. Armstrong injured his knee midway through the season.
“I can’t tell how you excited I am for Tommy and his future here,” Pelini said.
>> Pelini praised his freshman tight ends – Sam Cotton and walk-ons Trey Foster and Jared Blum – for making progress.
>> Look for redshirt freshmen Ryne Reeves or Jake Cotton to get an extended look in bowl practices at guard, as one or both may help out with depth in the Capital One Bowl.
>> Pelini said that Alabama has not requested his permission to talk to NU defensive backs coach Terry Joseph. Joseph has been rumored to be a candidate for the Crimson Tide’s secondary job.