Published Saturday, March 9, 2013 AT 12:49 PM / Updated at 4:54 PM
Practice Quick Hits, March 9: Bo Pelini calls out ‘mentally weak’ Huskers
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

It took Nebraska coach Bo Pelini all of 90 seconds to express his displeasure at NU’s fifth offseason practice and first scrimmage. He had plenty of displeasure to express.

“What I watched was a mentally weak football team,” Pelini said after the two-hour workout in the Hawks Championship Center. “A bad football team. Especially on the defensive side of the football. Call it what it is. We got a long, long, long, long way to go.”

Pelini said players “gave in and didn’t feel like practicing” once they got tired. Nebraska practiced Friday and came back roughly 18 hours later for another practice. “I’m ashamed of what I just watched on that practice field.”

The offense was better than the defense, Pelini said, but he wasn’t pleased with its performance, either.

“You could have put a grade-school offense out there against our defense and they would have done well,” Pelini said. “It’s mental weakness. It’s guys giving in when they’re tired. It starts with coaching. The coaching’s not near where it needs to be and the execution’s nowhere near where it needs to be. That pretty much sums it all up.”

The Huskers’ defense then sat listening to defensive coordinator John Papuchis — and later linebackers coach Ross Els — as they delivered impassioned post-practice speeches.

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