Published Saturday, December 29, 2012 AT 11:32 AM / Updated at 11:32 AM
Capital One Bowl: Time winding down for NU seniors
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska is down to one last full practice Sunday, a walk-through Monday and then the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday before it says goodbye to a senior class of 29.

For most, they have been with head coach Bo Pelini since he took over the Husker program in 2008.

“It’s a good group,” Pelini said Saturday. “Not only (with) what they did for this football program but who they are as people, and how they’ve represented the program.

“It’s always an emotional time. It’s hard to see them go. But after this game, there comes a time to turn the page and head to the next chapter of the program.”

Pelini put his team through a two-hour practice Saturday at Freedom High School in Orlando, with NU inching closer to its New Year’s Day matchup with Georgia at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Pelini said his players have been “locked in” since coming to Orlando, not just in the last few days before the Capital One Bowl.

“We’ve had a good week so far,” Pelini said. “We’ll finish it up tomorrow and then get ready to play a football game. But I think the attention to detail’s been good, the kids have been practicing hard and it’s been really good tempo. It’s getting close now.”

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