Quick hits from Tuesday’s practice availability, in which Nebraska continued its prep for Saturday’s game at Penn State.
>> Injury update: Wide receivers Jamal Turner and Alonzo Moore didn’t practice. Neither did guard Mike Moudy, who was in street clothes with a shoulder injury. Jeremiah Sirles (MCL strain) and Cole Pensick (banged-up knee) did practice. Wide receivers Kenny Bell and Jordan Westerkamp practiced, but that’s not a huge surprise; both played against Michigan State, with Bell playing the best game of his season.
Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said all offensive linemen who are injured will be a gametime decision as to whether they play. From our vantage point, Moudy doesn’t appear likely, while the others could be, including Jake Cotton.
>> The Huskers had a lighter workout than their usual Tuesday scrums.
“It wasn’t a walk-through, but it was more trying to get down the gameplan and things like that,” defensive end Randy Gregory said. “We’re doing a little but of full speed, but it wasn’t crashing into each other and going all out and things like that. We responded pretty well.”
Senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said “guys were a little somber” at the start of practice coming off the 41-28 loss to Michigan State, but were “flying around” by the end.
“Once you realize you’re in full pads — if you don’t play fast, you’re going to get hurt — we realized we had to pick it up,” Enunwa said. “It’s time to go, finish these games off.”
Enunwa said NU is “playing for pride” now that it’s Big Ten title hopes are out the door. He talked to the seniors Tuesday about finding their motivation.
“You gotta play for your pride, for the name on the back of your jersey, for the ‘N’ on your helmet, gotta play for all those things,” Enunwa said. “If you just go out here and play lackadaisical, you’re going to look stupid and end out your whole senior year with some BS.”
Said Bell: ”I had a few select words. I think a lot of the guys were feeling the same way. It’s all stuff (that’s) encouraging. After a tough loss like that, you try and talk to the guys just to make sure everyone’s mind-right. It’s an easy thing to just shut it down when you feel like you’re not playing for a conference championship anymore. But the response from these guys: We had a great practice today. The energy was up. Shows the resiliency of the team.”
>> Nebraska’s not backing off using Tommy Armstrong to run the ball, Beck said. Armstrong’s sure-handed enough, Beck said, to handle the run duties.
“Believe me, if there were one thing you could do to make sure you would hold onto the football, we would have done it three years ago,” Beck said. “We just keep preaching it, coaching it, practicing it and putting emphasis on it as much as we can.”