Pelini: We have to be all in

2014-04-09T22:27:00Z Pelini: We have to be all inBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

All that's left is Saturday's show and then we'll throw the dirt over this Husker spring season.

But before all that, Bo Pelini did a little reflecting Wednesday about the 14 spring practices that have come and gone. The Husker coach told his team before leaving the practice field that he liked what they had gotten done these past few weeks. He then told the media he especially loved the past two practices.

"We went into this thing planning on wanting to lay a foundation for the fall," Pelini said. "I think we've done that."

He continued with these thoughts about not just the spring that was, but what he thinks needs to come next:

"I think we've identified a lot of guys. I think we've identified areas we need to grow. I think we've identified areas where I think we're pretty strong. There are individual guys that need to keep coming. Our knowledge needs to keep coming. But I think we're about where we should be.

"Our challenge and the challenge I laid out to our football team is to move forward. If we don't keep thinking about football and we don't attack it, and we don't continue to work at it ... and forget about football until August and don't worry about the conditioning part of it, it won't happen for this football team. That's a challenge I laid out for them.

"We have to be committed to getting to where we need to go from now until December. That's a long time. But every thing is out there, as far as I'm concerned, for this football team to achieve. But it won't happen by chance. It won't happen if we're half in. We have to have a group of guys that are absolutely all in to get done what we want to get done."

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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