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NCAA FOOTBALL: MAR 06 Nebraska Spring Practice

Pelini ‘ashamed’ of Huskers’ Saturday practice

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini met with media for a brisk two minutes on Saturday following the Huskers’ fourth practice of the spring. It wasn’t a pleasant two minutes for the 2013 Nebraska Cornhuskers.

“What I watched was a mentally weak football team, a bad football team,” Pelini said. “Especially on the defensive side of the football. Call it what it is. We’ve got a long, long, long way to go.”

In just a few words, Pelini offered plenty for the players, and Nebraska fans, to think about over the next few days.

“Guys gave in and didn’t feel like practicing,” Pelini said of what went wrong on Saturday. “I’m ashamed of what I just watched on that practice field.”

Nebraska’s young defense drew most of the ire, but the Huskers’ offense, while better, didn’t get a glowing report either as the Huskers’ scrimmaged for a portion of the Saturday practice.

“It was so bad that we weren’t good in any regard, but the offense was better than the defense,” Pelini said. “You could’ve put a grade school offense out there against our defense and they would’ve been fine.”

Pelini was asked if he thought the poor practice was the result of Nebraska’s inexperience at certain spots.

“No, it’s mental weakness, guys giving in when they’re tired,” he said. “It starts with coaching. The coaching’s not where it needs to be and the execution is nowhere near where it needs to be. That pretty much sums it all up.”

Nebraska returns to the practice field on Monday.