ORLANDO, Fla. — Nebraska’s football players, running a tad behind schedule (flight delay), rushed off their seven buses and into a meeting room at the team hotel Wednesday night.
Checking in? That had to wait.
But they soon re-acquainted themselves with Orlando’s Peabody Hotel, the same four-star palace that hosted the NU team last year. Coach Bo Pelini and a couple players paused momentarily to update reporters on the Huskers’ preparation for Tuesday’s Capital One Bowl against Georgia.
>> Pelini thinks his team is in a good position, having practiced “eight or nine” times since losing the Big Ten title on Dec. 1. NU treated last week like it were a “regular game week,” Pelini said.
>> Wednesday sort of served as a chance for the players to review lessons learned in practice last week, Pelini said. They ran and lifted before leaving Lincoln. Practice on Thursday — set to be structured like a Tuesday session on a normal week, according to Will Compton — is scheduled to begin around 9:30 a.m. local time.
>> No notable absences from Nebraska’s traveling party, according to Pelini. “Everybody made the trip,” Pelini said.
>> Is Pelini concerned about the team staying focused this week? “It’s always difficult in a bowl game,” Pelini said. “But we’ve got a mature group. They’re kids that understand what it takes and hopefully that will show up (on Tuesday).”
>> Players are excited about a couple new events on the docket — like Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Some guys might attend Friday’s Russell Athletic Bowl (Rutgers-Virginia Tech). And Disney World’s huge, so another trip there shouldn’t be at all boring. … Plus, they know what NOT to do, and where NOT to go. Said Cameron Meredith: “I’ve been researching ever since I figured out we were coming back.”