Published Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm / Updated at 6:55 pm
Linebackers made 'big jump' during week's practices

6:52 p.m.: Coach Bo Pelini walked off the practice field Thursday upbeat about the way his team has prepared for Idaho, saying his players have cleaned up most of the errors that plagued them in their opener.

That includes the guys at the linebacker position, which lost its most experienced member, Will Compton, at the end of last week. New starters Alonzo Whaley and Lavonte David probably feel like they've had months to get ready this week, considering their tutorial for Western Kentucky lasted less than 48 hours.

Pelini said he's seen improvement from everyone at that spot, Whaley and David included.

“(The linebackers) made a big jump this week,” Pelini said. “We've still got a little ways to go. I thought the communication was better this week. I think their understanding continues to get better.”

But Pelini will know more Saturday.

“There are certain things you can't simulate in the practice setting, so you've got to get out there, learn from your experience and move on,” he said. “I think that'll be the case.”

> A quick injury update. The team's expected starter at right tackle, Marcel Jones, has been dealing with a back injury, but he should be healthy enough to play Saturday, Pelini said. Jones' playing time could be limited, though. Also, Pelini said sophomore defensive end Cameron Meredith (shoulder) will start.

> Here is Pelini's take on Idaho, an opponent he knows a little more about than the team Nebraska faced last week: “I think they're a good football team. I think they're big and physical front. I think the quarterback's a really good player, really good player. I think they have good skill throughout their roster. You couple that with -- they're a very, very well-coached football team. So, I think they present a lot of challenges for you.”

> Oh, and Pelini said Taylor Martinez will start at quarterback again Saturday.

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football and baseball, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008.

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