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Capital One Bowl: Pensick embracing underdog role up front

Nebraska center Cole Pensick is reading a book. It’s called “Fearless” by Eric Blehm, chronicling the story of Navy SEAL Team Six operator Adam Brown.

Pensick’s description of the novel’s subject: “He was always the underdog. He picked the biggest guy, and went after him.”

So Pensick can relate. Said Pensick: “That’s kind of the mentality you have to go with. Ever since high school, I’ve been kind of told that I’m undersized.”

It’s especially true this week, when he’s preparing to line up against Georgia’s Kwame Geathers, a 6-foot-6, 355-pound nose tackle who’s considering leaving for the NFL draft even though he was listed as a backup until Wednesday. There’s little debate: Geathers is a beast.

Pensick, meanwhile, is listed at 6-foot-2, which is …

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Capital One Bowl: How often will Georgia’s QB run?

ORLANDO, Fla. — Georgia’s Aaron Murray hasn’t escaped the pocket with the intention of running downfield much this year. And presumably, he won’t use his legs too often against Nebraska, either.

Not including sacks, Murray’s carried the football 31 times for 83 yards (2.7 yards per carry). He has just two runs of more than 10 yards this year. His three rushing touchdowns all originated from the 1-yard line.

As defensive end Eric Martin puts it, though, there’s always a chance Murray could take off, even if film study proves otherwise — the junior quarterback would rather buy time and keep surveying the coverage. The NU defensive line can’t completely disregard the QB run game, according to Martin.

But obviously, it’s important to get pressure …

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Capital One Bowl: Nebraska and Georgia practice quick hits

ORLANDO AND CELEBRATION, Fla. — Nebraska returned to major practice and preparation for the Capital One Bowl Thursday at Freedom High School in Orlando. Georgia actually got a head start, working out for an hour Wednesday at Celebration (Fla.) High School. Here’s collected notes from both teams:

>> Center Cole Pensick — expected to be the starter for next week’s game in relief of the injured Justin Jackson — did not travel with the rest of the team because of a lingering virus. Pensick will arrive Thursday night and practice Friday. Mark Pelini — Bo’s nephew — is the other center that will play for NU.

“Cole was probably lined up as the starter for most of bowl practice, and Mark had a good day …

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Capital One Bowl: Huskers arrive in Orlando

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.

The highlights…

>> 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 …

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