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Thursday, December 28th, 2006

NEBRASKA CONTINUES AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC PREPARATIONS

IRVING, TEXAS – The No. 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers continued their preparation for the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a 90-minute practice at Texas Stadium.

Nebraska again conducted its workout in shorts and shoulder pads in what was a normal “Tuesday” practice under cool but ideal conditions.

“In terms of the volume, the tempo, the load and everything we set out to do, it was achieved (in today’s practice),” said Huskers head coach Bill Callahan. “We’re pleased with the practice. They are talking about rain (Friday). We’ll just deal with the elements if it does so. We’ve gotten the bulk of our work done in these two practices.”

On hand for Nebraska’s practice were approximately 60 Texas high school football coaches, invited to attend by Coach Callahan and the Huskers athletics department. Following practice, Coach Callahan and his assistant coaches led a chalk talk session for the high school coaches to interact with his staff by position and ask questions about the Huskers practice drills and techniques.

“Texas high school coaches love football,” Callahan said. “They don’t care what time of year it is; whether it’s Christmas, New Year’s, whatever. Anytime they can talk ball, we want to encourage that. They are on break and watching football in the area. We thought we would extend ourselves a little bit more and invite them to share in what we are doing.”

On the injury front, Junior I-Backs Brandon Jackson and Kenny Wilson and senior offensive guard Greg Austin all participated in Thursday’s workout. Sophomore I-Back Cody Glenn, who missed Nebraska’s last two games with a foot injury, is slated to return to practice Friday.

Tomorrow Nebraska will practice from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Texas Stadium. FRIDAY’S PRACTICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND IS ONLY OPEN TO THE MEDIA FOR THE FIRST 15 MINUTES. Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove and selected defensive players will participate at a news conference from 3-4 p.m. at the Omni Mandalay Hotel.

The 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic takes place January 1. FOX Sports will televise the game nationally and Westwood One will handle the national radio broadcast.
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