NCAA FOOTBALL: AUG 06 Nebraska Practice

Bell on 1,000 Yards: ‘It’s doable’

Although game week officially started today, Tim Beck said the Huskers began preparation for Wyoming in the middle of last week. Bo Pelini addressed in the morning press conference Wyoming’s switch to three-man defensive front.

“We’re preparing for everything,” Beck said. “It’s a lot like last year’s first game – we weren’t really sure what we were going to get.”

–Beck also said that Terrell Newby will see playing time Saturday.

“I like the way he’s progressed through fall,” Beck said. “He’s just a play maker, he’s an electrifying guy with the ball in his hands and he seems to have a knack for doing what we need him to do.”

–As for the Huskers offense, Kenny Bell made his first appearance to the media Monday night after practice. Bell, who hasn’t been shy about his desire to become Nebraska’s first 1,000-yard receiver, said goals are necessary, not just in football.

“For someone to play football without goals,” he said, “it’s more like a hobby then; it’s not really what you do. Guys who are serious about this sport, I think, treat it like it’s their job.”

Bell was made aware Monday that he was almost exactly halfway to Johnny Rodgers’ Nebraska career receiver yards record. As honored as he was to be named in a sentence with Rodgers — who also holds the school record for receiving yards in a season with 942 — Bell said he’s more focused on the 1,000-yard season.

“I believe in my mind it’s doable,” he said. “And it would be a huge honor to do it at such a great university.”

Bell finished on a slightly more ambiguous note in terms of his expectations for the offense this year, simply saying that he “expects success.”

“I’m not going to throw crazy numbers out there,” Bell laughed. “It’s just not a smart thing to do. You don’t want to give other teams headlines.”

Bell said his top priority is to protect the football.

–With just one official visitor for the Wyoming game, linebackers coach Ross Els had some interesting comments about the recruiting cycle, and how its changed in recent years. Els said depending on the confidence the staff has in landing a commitment, they’re not afraid to pressure recruits.

“We are starting to contact kids earlier, develop a relationship earlier,” Els said.

“Pushing a kid to decide is fine if you have some leverage,” he said. “If we’re taking four corners like we’re talking about doing this year, they know that. It’s kind of hard to say ‘OK, commit or we’re going to move on’ if we really want a kid.”