January 3, 2007

Huskers Have 'High Hopes' for 2007

DALLAS - Nebraska's 2006 football season ended Monday afternoon with a disappointing 17-14 loss to No. 10 Auburn in the Cotton Bowl, but Husker players and coaches insist the program is headed in the right direction and getting close to making its way back to the elite echelon of college football.

"I've got a lot of confidence in this team as it grows and matures going into next season," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said during his postgame press conference at the Cotton Bowl. "I'm awfully confident that we'll get better and we'll break through at some point. There's no question in my mind about that."

The record book will show that Nebraska finished its 2006 campaign with a 9-5 record and an 0-4 mark against "Top 10" competition, but junior linebacker Bo Ruud and junior cornerback Cortney Grixby agree with their coach that the Huskers are taking the necessary steps to bring the program back to where Husker fans expect it to be.

"You can see by the way our team is getting every year. We play with more talent and we're playing with more speed and more physicality and we're just all becoming better football players," Ruud said. "(This season) we were a Big 12 title-caliber team and next year could be even more."

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