At his weekly press conference, Bo Pelini reported that Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up an old basketball injury that flared up on the first series against Florida Atlantic. He probably won't play against McNeese State, but could be back for the Fresno State game.
Pelini on Gregory: Old injury that flared up. Doubtful for this week, but 'probable' for Fresno State. We're not looking to rush him back.— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 1, 2014
In other injury news, offensive tackle Zach Sterup is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.
Brandon Reilly and Sam Burtch are day to day and Sterup will practice tomorrow. Per Bo Pelini #Huskers— Tunnel Talk (@TunnelWalkTalk) September 1, 2014
Looking ahead to McNeese State, this week's opponent, Bo Pelini isn't quite sure what to expect this week. Last year, they ran a pro style attack but were reportedly moving to more of a zone read offense this spring. So it'll be a react situation on Saturday, since it's McNeese State's season opener.
Regarding what McNeese State offense will do, Bo says, "You'll find out when I do." THESE WORDS ARE NOT COMFORTING— Bill Grip (@HuskerGrip) September 1, 2014
Other comments from the head coach:
Josh Harvey (@JoshHarveyScout) September 1, 2014
"Even a guy like Trai Mosley who were gonna redshirt showed some things in camp." - Bo Pelini on young depth in secondary #Huskers— Jake Bockoven (@jakebockoven) September 1, 2014
Bo Pelini claims he doesn't know if Nebraska is FBS or FCS. So there's that.— Ryan Mix (@RyanMix1011) September 1, 2014
That's why we still use 1-A and 1-AA at CornNation to distinguish between the various levels. We know what that means. FBS/FCS/Legends/Leaders...never quite sure, so we use clearer terms. There's no need to confuse things.
Other quotes from the players:
Alex Lewis on connection with Jake Cotton: "We got a little bromance going on of who can knock the person out the hardest." #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) September 1, 2014
"We are not a good squad to take anyone lightly." more Abdullah on a FCS opponent. #Huskers— Josh Harvey (@JoshHarveyScout) September 1, 2014
Ameer Abdullah lined up to try to block punts a few times Sat. Says he was held once. "I want to block a punt. Hopefully this is the week."— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) September 1, 2014
Why is Ameer so intent on blocking punts? "Because it's the quickest way to change a game." Special teams, in general, are critical, he says— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) September 1, 2014
Well that, and Nebraska can't seem to scheme a punt return, so why not?
Pierson-El said teams kicked away from him about 50 percent of the time otherwise he was planning on taking it to the house. #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) September 1, 2014