What's new - Nebraska's players got their first look at Sun Devil Stadium during Thursday's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl news media day. The Huskers spent less than an hour meeting with reporters, then headed for Scottsdale Community College for an hour and 45 minute practice in sweatclothes. It's time, Nebraska Coach Frank Solich said, for the players to begin focusing on Sunday's game against Tennessee. "We went through a stretch here of a luncheon and a breakfast and a couple of other things that maybe did drift them off a bit," Solich said, referring to his team's focus. "But they're back on track. There's nothing much now coming down the stretch for them. They're pretty much getting zeroed in on the game."
Who's hurting - Solich said sophomore tight end Tracey Wistrom did not practice for the second straight day and will not play against Tennessee. All the other top-unit players participated in the workout. "We seem to be pretty healthy," Solich said.
Worth noting - Nebraska rover back Mike Brown and the other seniors on the Nebraska team played in Sun Devil Stadium as freshmen in 1996, when Arizona State shocked the Huskers with a 19-0 upset. "That's a game that irks me to this day," Brown said. "I wanted to win that game so bad. Getting whupped like that stung a little bit. I wish we could play (ASU) one more time and give them the real Nebraska."
Worth quoting - "We both know that we made a couple of mistakes this year, but we also understand that we can come out here on the 2nd and show the nation that we could have been No. 1 this year. I think both teams want to display that." - Nebraska cornerback Ralph Brown, on the motivation the Huskers and Tennessee have for Sunday's game.
What's next - The Huskers plan another shortened workout Friday and have a light walk-through scheduled on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.