With school still not in session, the Huskies are again practicing in the early afternoon this week, to replicate the time when kickoff will come on Saturday in Lincoln.
So the Huskies are already done with their Tuesday practice, one that players said helped set the tone for the seriousness of the task ahead.
“Coaches, you are seeing they are crazy today,” said defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu. “And our challenge is to meet them at the same level they are at now or even more and I don’t think that’s going to be that hard because everybody is pretty fired up to go against this team.”
It’s a team that as everyone barely needs reminding, the Huskies know well, having faced twice last year — a Nebraska rout in Seattle and a UW win in the Holiday Bowl.
Ta’amu said each game remains fresh on the minds of players. About the Holiday Bowl, Taa’mu said: “Everybody said that game, the Holiday Bowl, they weren’t ready. I feel everybody is ready, especially in a bowl game. But this game is game for us as a team to prove that we can continue to where we left off at last year and still play at that level.”
And of the first game last September, Ta’amu said that it “always” remains as a source of motivation. “They embarrassed us in front of our fans and I want to do the same to them. Hopefully, we’ll see.”
You can see much more from Ta’amu in the video below, including hearing him talk about his hand (he should be as healthy as he’s been all season for the Nebraska game) and how this game may better suit him: “I can’t wait to play the run. I hope they run it up the middle and I will try to stop it.”
As for personnel notes, the only significant thing is the hamstring injury to Nate Fellner. He did not participate in the team session, with Justin Glenn taking his place and Taz Stevenson also working in at that spot. James Sample is also back to add depth there. Also, linebacker Jordan Wallace was back on the field after being out with a knee injury.
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