The Nebraska football team continued its bye-week work on Wednesday, working out for two hours in full pads on the Ed and Joyanee Gass practice fields. The practice was the second of three this week, with the 12th-ranked Huskers hitting the field again on Thursday afternoon before taking Friday and Saturday off.
Head Coach Mike Riley met with media following Wednesday’s practice as the team approaches the end of its work week.
Coach Riley went in depth when it came to injuries, covering senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, sophomore I-back Devine Ozigbo, senior wide receiver Alonzo Moore and senior tight end Cethan Carter.
“I think Tommy’s going to be fine, it’s a sprained ankle,” said Riley. “He had it before and never missed any practice time, but aggravated it in the game. They thought the best thing to do was take a couple days of rest, get it healthier. I hope he can do something tomorrow, but I think we’ll be really sure he can get going on Sunday.
“Ozigbo’s still not practicing. Alonzo’s running and feels pretty good, so I’m hopeful for Alonzo. Jordan and Cethan [are] probably doubtful for that Indiana game, but with the bye at least they’re closer to playing in the upcoming games.”
Coach Riley also noted how well the cornerbacks had contributed to an improved pass defense.
“I think they’re a big, big factor,” said Riley. “I really think that those guys are in a position where they’re always challenged out in front of everybody. I appreciate the mental toughness that you have to play with. I think they’ve done a nice job, and I just anticipate them just growing, getting better and better as we go. I think the more they play, and the more they play like this the more confident they’ll get.”
Riley proceeded to discuss the process of examining end-of-game situations and the possible development of a no-huddle offense. When asked about the two-minute drill, Riley did not leave any question about his thoughts.
“Markedly better,” Riley declared. “We do a better job with it. Today we just did a no-huddle, primarily because that’s what our defense almost always plays against but also to see what that might look like offensively for us. Not in a two-minute situation, but just not huddling and calling out.”
Nebraska is next in action on Saturday, Oct. 15 when the Huskers travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on a 3-1 Indiana team. Game time for the Nebraska-Indiana contest is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.