What's new - Nebraska began scaling back its preparations for Sunday's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game against Tennessee but still worked out for an hour and 45 minutes in half pads Wednesday at Scottsdale Community College. "Our guys had to push themselves again today," Nebraska Coach Frank Solich said. "It was a full day for them." In addition to the afternoon practice, the Huskers joined the Tennessee team at a luncheon. "We got meetings in this morning, went to the luncheon and still got out here," Solich said.
Who's hurting - Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch, who was bothered by flu-like symptoms Tuesday, was back at full speed Wednesday. "He's feeling much better today," Solich said. I-back Correll Buckhalter, who had been bothered by turf toe, made it through his third straight practice and should be ready to play by Sunday. "It continues to bother him some, but he's done what he needs to do to prove that he can play," Solich said. The only top-unit player held out of Wednesday's drills was tight end Tracey Wistrom, who is considered doubtful for the game.
Worth noting - Nebraska kicker Josh Brown got a good night's sleep Tuesday, unlike the previous night when he was awakened at 4:30 a.m. by a telephone call from a Tennessee radio station. Several other players also received calls, according to Nebraska sports information personnel. Brown said when he answered his phone, he was asked, "Are you up yet." He said, "I am now."
Worth quoting - "We're always joking with Coach Solich. He's a guy who loves to laugh and we love to laugh with him. With Coach Osborne, he was like this legend figure, and you almost were scared to go talk to him. Coach Solich, he's a guy you can mess around with, push him around a little. We can make fun of him, and he'll make fun of us. He keeps practice loose, and that keeps guys focused and having fun." - Nebraska rover back Mike Brown, on one of the differences between former Husker Coach Tom Osborne and Solich.
What's next - Nebraska and Tennessee's players will take part in the Fiesta Bowl news media day this morning at Sun Devil Stadium. The Huskers then will hold a morning practice, where Solich said they will focus on reviewing the game plan for Tennessee.