Ciante Evans

Huskers break for the Holiday

Nebraska held its final pre-Christmas practice indoors on Thursday. The players and coaches are now off until Dec. 26 when the team will fly to Orlando, Fla. for the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1.

“I believe if the bowl schedule allows it, you should be with your family,” coach Bo Pelini said of the break. “We recruit kids from a long way away and I tell parents that if the bowl schedule allows it, they will see their son around Christmas.”

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Nebraska is making its second consecutive trip to the Capital One Bowl. Pelini said Thursday the team enjoyed its time in Orlando last year.

“It’s a first-class bowl game,” Pelini said. “They treated us great, the bowl committee, everyone. It’s a business trip, but we also get some time to see what Orlando has to offer, and there’s a lot to do.”

The Huskers will hold their first practice in Orlando on the morning of Dec. 27. Off the field, Nebraska has team days scheduled at Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. The team will also watch Virginia Tech and future Big Ten opponent Rutgers play in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28.

A few additional notes from Thursday’s practice:

–Pelini had this to say about Vince Marrow staying on with Nebraska through the bowl game before starting his new job at Kentucky:

“He doesn’t have to report there until a couple of days into January so I figured that if he wanted to do it, we should keep as much continuity as we can.”

–Nebraska missed out on a couple of high-profile junior college recruits on Wednesday but Pelini said he still really likes the 2013 class so far. But does Nebraska need to fill a couple of positions with junior college players?

“If it’s the right guy, if it makes sense, yes,” Pelini said. “Is it imperative? No.”

Pelini added that Nebraska could take more than 25 players in this class depending on the number of mid-year enrollees.

–Freshman Tommy Armstrong is still recovering from his mid-year knee surgery to repair an existing injury, but Pelini said he expects Armstrong to be fully recovered for spring practice.

“He’s made tremendous progress for us,” Pelini said. “I’m really excited about Tommy and his future here.”