Jones returns to Huskers practice, short week in store

Nebraska's Chris Jones signals incomplete after breaking up a pass on Nov. 12, 2016 (NTV News)

LINCOLN --- Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco spoke with the media after practice about the Husker's game against Illinois, their first road game against a Big Ten team this season.

The Huskers will face the Fighting Illini in a short week with the game on Friday. Diaco downplayed the short week saying, "We don't get to overthink anything, we've just got to go. Our players are engaged, our players are locked in, our players want to serve the needs of the team, university and state.”

Diaco also commented on the return of senior defensive back Chris Jones, who practiced in shorts and a helmet on Tuesday for the first time since suffering an injury in the summer.

"It's great to see Chris feeling better and doing well," Diaco said.

Diaco was asked about new players emerging for the Blackshirts, especially as injuries have hit the unit.

"It has been a lot of guys we have been prepping," Diaco said . "That's not a bad thing for a developing group, developing defense.

"As players and coaches we are just getting better each day. There has not been a guy that has not improved, so when you improve and you start to gain a deeper knowledge of our system and what we are getting done, and that is players and coaches, you can't help but feel more engaged, more unified, more together and more comfortable."

Diaco said Illinois is a "talented football team," and that he himself has memories of playing in an Illinois game against a "talented, strong, tough-minded team and this team is no different."

Kickoff for Friday's game in Champaign is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on BTN.

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