Coach Bo Pelini said sophomore Ameer Abdullah will still return kicks and punts against Michigan, even if his workload at running back increases given senior Rex Burkhead’s injury status.
If Burkhead’s out Saturday, that presumably means more I-back snaps for Abdullah. But Pelini indicated that sophomore Braylon Heard and freshman Imani Cross will be used a little more than usual this weekend in an effort to keep Abdullah fresh.
“We have a full range of players at the running back position,” Pelini said. “We feel good about where we’re at.”
More updates from Pelini are below…
>> Denard Robinson was on Michigan’s kick return team to begin the second half last week. Pelini said that won’t change the way his kickoff coverage unit prepares.
>> True freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong will soon undergo corrective surgery on a high school injury, Pelini said. Armstrong, who is on track to redshirt this year, had a wrap around his left knee in practice this week. He’s expected to be out for a few weeks. No ligament tears. “It’s not a big deal,” Pelini said.
>> Defensive tackles Chase Rome and Kevin Williams are “ready to go” for Saturday’s game, Pelini said.
>> Pelini expects his defense to use some of the base 4-3 personnel package (four down linemen and three linebackers) against Michigan. That will depend on the Wolverines’ formations, but Pelini said he’s sure “we’re going to see some bigger sets from these guys.”
>> Senior Sean Fisher earned some playing time as the top backup at middle linebacker last week at Northwestern, and he might get some snaps in place of Will Compton again against Michigan Saturday, Pelini said.
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>> Listen: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini speaks to the media after Thursday’s practice: