October 16, 2007

Huskers try to stay focused on football

Amid the turmoil and unrest hovering over the Nebraska football program following Monday's firing of athletic director Steve Pederson, Husker players and coaches are trying to remain focused on their preparations for Saturday's Big 12 Conference matchup with Texas A&M.

"I don't know how this whole thing is going to play out, but all I know is that I'm not going to make it better by letting it affect me," senior quarterback Sam Keller said Tuesday at the team's weekly press conference. "We know we need to rectify the situation on the field. That's how we're going to approach it. All the administrative things and of the things that are so much bigger than us will handle themselves. We need to handle these five games and that's what we're going to do."

Nebraska is trying get back on the winning track after being embarrassed in back-to-back blowout losses to Missouri (41-6) and Oklahoma State (45-14). Following Saturday's home game against the Aggies, the Huskers will play three of their final four games on the road.

With a 4-3 overall record, NU is still in need of at least two wins to become bowl eligible. Keller said it's vital that Husker players stay focused with the task at hand and not get caught up in the administrative issues.

"We as players have a very simple job - that is to go out and play and practice hard and go to school," Keller said. "This change, it is really a decision that is made so high above us that we try not to let it affect our thinking."

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