What's new? - Nebraska completed its second on-site practice for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Saturday morning at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College. Like Friday's workout, the Huskers were missing an extra bounce in their steps during the full-pads session, Coach Frank Solich said. "They're still a little tired," Solich said. "It was a long practice for them, but I think the effort is there." NU ran 14 plays with a live pass rush, Solich said, and another 10 of full contact without tackling the quarterbacks and I-backs. "It wasn't an easy practice for them," the coach said.
Who's hurting? - I-back Correll Buckhalter (turf toe) and tight end Tracey Wistrom (knee ligament tear) again missed practice Saturday. Both will rest today during the Huskers' break from practice. "Correll should be fine with two days rest," Solich said. "I think he'll be able to go through the rest of the practices." Wistrom said he expects to test his knee by practicing Monday.
Worth noting - The Huskers, all traveling athletic-department personnel and their families attended a Christmas dinner Saturday night at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, the team hotel. Commemorative Fiesta Bowl watches were awarded, and senior offensive tackle Adam Julch dressed as Santa Claus to help entertain the children. The team plane carried 295 people from Lincoln to Phoenix on Friday, including 145 players.
Worth quoting - "We've found that when they get some free time, they really don't want you to set too much up for them." - Solich, on how the Huskers plan to spend today, the lone break from practice of the nine days NU will be in Arizona prior to the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl. A group of players plan to attend tonight's NBA game at America West Arena between Phoenix and Golden State.
What's next? - The Huskers and their coaches will meet Sunday at 10 a.m. to review Saturday's practice. No official events are scheduled for the rest of the day. NU reconvenes with a Monday morning practice. Tennessee arrives today and plans its first practice for Monday.