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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Nebraska-Washington warm-up notes

By Brian Bennett

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Greetings from Memorial Stadium on a chilly, overcast day.

The big news from warm-ups: Alfonzo Dennard went through drills. He was expected to miss his third straight game with a leg muscle pull and still might. Is Bo Pelini simply playing cat and mouse?

But if he's able to go, his presence could be key, because Dennard is good at run support as well as being a top-flight cornerback. Nebraska could use him against a strong Washington ground game led by Chris Polk. The Huskies also have some talented receivers, especially Jermaine Kearse.

Washington will be without starting safety Nate Fellner. Can Taylor Martinez take advantage of the secondary? The Huskers' passing game has been shaky through the first two weeks.

Also for Nebraska, Seung Hoon Choi will start at left guard instead of Andrew Rodriguez.

Much more to come ...