Nebraska practices with a game-like atmosphere in Memorial Stadium

Posted at 6:38 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 19:38:57-04

The Nebraska football team practiced inside Memorial Stadium Friday morning for two and a half hours in full pads. 

Memorial Stadium felt like game day with the video boards up and running and the band on the field following football practice. The Huskers also made today's practice feel more game like with defensive coordinator Bob Diaco coaching from the press box.

"We put the coordinators in the box, did all the stuff we would normally do on the boundary to have sideline organization," head coach Mike Riley said. "normally we wait until next week to do that but we incorporated it into this weekend, which is good because it wasn't real clean, there's a lot of stuff that we can work on," Riley said.

Riley is confident that having Diaco coaching from the press box this season can only benefit the Huskers. 

"The press box is the most sane place to call a game, a lot of component of everything and you got all the stuff in front of you that's easily accessible," Riley said.

Riley also mentioned how he hopes the game like change of pace will be energizing to the team. After Saturday's practice the team will head into game specific preparation.

"We'll start looking at game film, we'll start putting our game plan stuff in place so all the stuff we've been doing will now gain a new real purpose," Riley said. 

Nebraska's season opener is at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 2nd against Arkansas State at Memorial Stadium.