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Husker players talk about new season
Practice is about to begin. The Huskers take the field Saturday as the 2012 season approaches September 1st. That's the day Nebraska hosts Southern Mississippi at Memorial Stadium to begin 12 game regular season.
As we described Thursday, the Huskers are ranked #16 pre-season by the USA Today Coaches poll, up from their 24th place finish a season ago.
Big 10 rivals Michigan is ranked 8th, Wisconsin 12th and Michigan State 13th.
Nebraska was 9-4 a season ago and just barely stayed in the Top 25 after their 30-13 loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
Nebraska's first Big 10 game will be September 29th at Memorial Stadium against one of those teams ranked ahead of them, the Wisconsin Badgers.
Before they went out to their annual fan day to sign autographs Friday at the stadium, several of the players had some comments about the start of practice and upcoming season.
"You know, we have plenty of guys who have been there through thick and thin. We've got guys who have played and have done really good things and I think we take pride here in being coach Bo's first class," said tight end Ben Cotton.
"Last year, we kind of switched it up a lot because we really didn't know what coach Beck wanted because a lot of defenses switched it up on us from early in the year and we really didn't know how to prepare for them. We just went with the game plan and it was very difficult. Now we know what defenses are going to give us so it's a lot better for us and Coach Beck," said quarterback Taylor Martinez.
"We have been talking about those mental aspects of cutting down on the snowball effect. We didn't want one turnover to turn into another one and one penalty to turn into another one like it did last year and we have to be mentally stronger and cut our losses once we have a bad play we have to move on because we can't let it snowball and we have definitely made that an emphasis in the off season and we're going to make improvements this year," wide receiver Tim Marlowe said.
"This summer flew by faster than anything. I'm just excited to be back on the field. Spring flew by and this could be my last time playing football. Hopefully go out with a bang and do something big here," said linebacker Cameron Meredith.
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