Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska football team practiced for 90 minutes in half pads and helmets Thursday afternoon. Both the defense and offense started in the Hawks Championship Center. The offense moved to Memorial Stadium, while the defense practiced on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields.
Head Coach Mike Riley addressed the media after practice to discuss updates on injuries and this Saturday’s game against Minnesota. He started off by updating Tommy Armstrong’s recovery.
“He’s [Tommy] gone through and passed all of the concussion protocol up to this point. What will happen is we will find out if he is asymptomatic tomorrow and if he is, then he will pass another day. And then, he could be cleared to play after that if everything goes smoothly.”
Coach Riley also updated the status of sophomore offensive guard Jerald Foster who has been out since suffering a knee injury in fall camp.
“I’m really not worried too much about Jerald, except for probably the conditioning of playing in a game. We are going to play him. Exactly how we do that at this moment is not decided. We wanted to take a look at today’s practice before we finally decided something. But he looks ready, and feels good. And again, he has been totally cleared by our medical staff.”
Coach Riley also touched on running repeatable plays on offense.
“Well we try to get some rhythm on offense and have repeatable running plays in the game. That is our goal for sure,” Riley said. “And I think that in the game plan we have the ability to do that, we feel obviously confident about that. I’ll only be able to answer that question about 9:30 Saturday night. That will be really when we can tell. We just need some rhythm, we need to run the ball well. In everything, life goes a lot better when you can do that. It’s a big goal of ours and we haven’t been very consistent for a while. At least we know where the problem is in what we need to do to win games. So we’ve tried to address it, we’ve practiced it and we’ve got a good plan and we’ll try to put it into action Saturday night.”
Riley went on to talk about the excitement of night games, and his outlook on the upcoming home game against Minnesota on Saturday.
“I think the first night game that we were here was South Alabama (in 2015). And that was the beginning of an eye opener for me. It’s an electric stadium and it’s always, but especially at night. It’s exciting to play here. I’m real fired up about our team’s opportunity to kind of reset and play like we can. That’s the main thing for me. I know our fans will help us, I know the atmosphere will be great. But it will eventually become about the football and I’m real excited about us to play and try to obviously, rebound and play a good football game.”
Tickets remain for Nebraska’s 2016 home finale and Senior Day against Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Memorial Stadium. The majority of the tickets are from the visiting team allotment and are available for $65 each at Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED. Game time for the Maryland contest will be announced following Saturday’s game and will be either 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. CT.