"You want to leave as a winner"

2013-11-19T18:54:00Z 2013-11-19T20:56:13Z "You want to leave as a winner"By BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com

By Tuesday, in a game week like this one, there can be no more licking of the wounds from what the previous weekend brought.

Husker veteran players understand this well.

Junior wide receiver Kenny Bell had "a few select words" to push teammates forward after the loss to Michigan State.

"It's all stuff that's encouraging," Bell said. "After a tough loss like that, you try to talk to the guys to make sure everybody's mind is right. Because it's an easy thing to just shut it down when you feel like you're not playing for a conference championship anymore.

"But the response from these guys, we had a great practice today. The energy was up. It shows the resilience of the team, that's for sure."

Bell said the motivation is simple enough to find as a competitor.

"You want to win. You got to win football games. That's the expectation around here. They're big football games."

Senior offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles said these next two weeks mean very much to those in their final year in the program.

They want to leave a positive mark before their exit.

"You want to leave as a winner," Sirles said. "We don't get to leave with the legacy we wanted as a Big Ten champion, but at the same time we have to win the next two games, another nine-win season, and hopefully go get to that 10 wins down at the bowl game.

"You don't want to be the senior class that, 'Oh, after they lost to Michigan State tanked.' You want to be the senior class that they had adversity against Michigan State and responded well."

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

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