Good afternoon! Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley spoke to the media today. In his weekly address to the hordes, Riley talked a review of Arkansas State and a preview of Oregon, along with fielding questions from reporters. Let’s begin!
Not good news about De’Mornay Pierson-El.
Mike Riley injury report: DPE hurt shoulder, won't do anything with team today; could return tomorrow. #Huskers. Shouldn't miss game.— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) September 4, 2017
Tre Bryant has a sore knee.
Tre Bryant won’t practice today, per Riley. His knee swells, which happens periodically, so days off are expected for him. #Huskers— Land of 10 Nebraska (@Landof10Huskers) September 4, 2017
Riley says Pierson-El hurt shoulder against Ark St but expect him to play Saturday vs Oregon; Marcus Newby injured hamstring. #Huskers— Jake Sorensen (@937JakeSorensen) September 4, 2017
Marcus Newby, Tre Bryant and De’Mornay Pierson-El will be held out of practice today, per Riley.
"He's quick-footed. He's hard-nosed. He's smart." -Riley on Nebaska RB Tre Bryant #Huskers— Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) September 4, 2017
Mike was very pleased with the running game on Saturday, and very happy with Tre Bryant’s performance.
Riley: "When you run the ball like that (against Ark State) you have a good chance to win the game" #Huskers— TJ Eck (@TJEck_TV) September 4, 2017
Riley said the decision to stick w/ Bryant all game was a hard one. Said Mikale played well and Ozigbo is "playing his best ball." #Huskers— Derek Peterson (@DrPetey15) September 4, 2017
While Riley was complimentary of special teams on Saturday, the punt return for a TD by the Red Wolves had him bothered.
Riley said ArkySt muffing the PR initally hurt containment, was a "technical, tactical mistake." #Huskers— Derek Peterson (@DrPetey15) September 4, 2017
It was a simple case of players getting out of their lane when they see the ball on the ground, per Riley.
Riley describes Oregon's Autzen Stadium as one of the toughest places he's coached. Says its among the 5 noisiest opposing venues #Huskers— Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) September 4, 2017
On to Oregon, where Riley is very familiar with Autzen Stadium and how the Ducks crowd will influence the game.
Riley: "Exciting to go back to Oregon. Unique, personal opportunity. Too many hard times in Eugene." #Huskers— 1400 KLIN (@KLINRadio) September 4, 2017
Riley did note that the Ducks ran the 3-4 under Chip Kelly and have returned to it under Willie Taggart.
Speaking of the 3-4 defense, Riley was asked about the lack of Bob Diaco at the postgame presser after the game Saturday night.
Riley: "Diaco has been great with media. Will speak after practice today." Riley takes blame for no Diaco Saturday. #Huskers— Tommy Rezac (@Tommy_KLIN) September 4, 2017
I buy that to a fault, and good on Mike for squashing the issue. Also, good on Diaco for realizing the after game effect. That being said, maybe Bob could have sat for 10 minutes afterwards on Saturday once he saw Danny Langsdorf in front of everyone.
Riley measured the yards gained and not so much the points after dissecting the defensive film vs. the Red Wolves. Riley was pleased with the lack of big plays, and noted that the biggest play for the Arkansas State offense (29 tards) was due to a seven yard route that became a bigger gain because of a missed open field tackle.
Riley also noted that DiCaprio Bootle, Eric Lee and Lamar Jackson all saw a lot of snaps at cornerback, and performed admirably. No questions were asked of Riley about scheme within how Nebraska seemed to use nickel/dime much in the game.
The Huskers will head to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks this coming Saturday afternoon.