Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013 AT 8:09 PM / Updated at 8:09 PM
Bo: ‘Roll it out there and have some fun’
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Coach Bo Pelini said Wednesday that Nebraska is “going to be thin” for the annual spring game, meaning some Huskers might play for both teams in the Red-White scrimmage starting at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Pelini also said the coaches will decide the teams this year, rather than any kind of player draft. Among those expected to be out are I-back Ameer Abdullah, linebacker David Santos and cornerback Daniel Davie, and possibly receiver Alonzo Moore.

Otherwise the format won’t be anything special.

“Just a game,” Pelini said. “Split it up in half and let’s go. We’ll roll it out there and have some fun.”

Pelini said the NU staff will be able to do a “little bit” of evaluation off the scrimmage. Mostly he said it comes down to wanting to see execution.

“It’s not about tricking the other team or doing anything else,” he said. “It’s about playing basic fundamentals, basic football … and see how they handle the environment.”

Some other spring game nuggets:

>> Pelini said he thinks it’s “a good thing” that the Big Ten Network will be televising the game live. He urged fans to come out to make a good impression on those watching around the country.

>> It sounds as if quarterback Taylor Martinez will only play a few series and not be involved in contact. The backup quarterbacks will be “live.”

>> As far as special teams, Pelini said some portions will be live and some will not.

>> Pelini said there was some initial concern about the spring game being played two Saturdays earlier than usual, mostly because of the weather. “If the forecast holds true, I think the schedule worked out just the way we wanted it to.”

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