Huskers run light workout before meeting fans

Updated: August 23, 2003, 6:15 PM ET

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team ran through a light, 90-minute workout in sweat clothes Saturday, then cleaned up for several hours in uniform to take pictures with and sign autographs for fans.

Saturday was the annual Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium. Hundreds of young people and their parents traditionally gather to share a moment with their favorite players and coaches.

Coach Frank Solich said the Cornhuskers have gone through back-to-back days of light workouts to get their legs back before resuming a regular practice schedule next week. The team opens its season next Saturday with No. 24 Oklahoma State visiting Lincoln.

"I feel very comfortable that going into next week we will be fresh and ready to go through a game-week preparation," Solich said. "Fall camp will take it out of you. The amount of contact that we have had with ones against ones was such that it will wear you down, so it is good for them to get a little bit of a break at this point."

The team takes Sunday off. That is the first day away from practice since the beginning of fall camp Aug. 6.

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