A member of the Huskers’ fullback trio may not play at Michigan State Saturday.
Junior Mike Marrow (knee), injured during the win over Michigan, hasn’t practiced this week and could miss Saturday’s game, according to running backs coach Ron Brown. The exact severity of the injury is unknown, but Brown doesn’t think Marrow’s season is in jeopardy.
If Marrow is out Saturday, it would mean more snaps for junior C.J. Zimmerer and true freshman Andy Janovich. All three have split reps this season.
“I think we’ve come a long way so far this season at the fullback spot,” Brown said. “We were very green and very raw when we started off the season. They’re starting to find their way around pretty well now.”
>> Rex Burkhead didn’t practice Wednesday. His status remains day-to-day. … Brown said Braylon Heard (groin) has looked healthy this week in practice.
>> Cameron Meredith, who could again line up as a defensive tackle at times Saturday, is physical enough to handle the downhill-style rush offense of Michigan State, assistant Rick Kaczenski said. Meredith’s quickness gives him an advantage, Kaczenski said.
>> Left tackle Brent Qvale played the best game of his career against Michigan, offensive line coach Barney Cotton said. Cotton’s also been impressed with the week-to-week improvement of right tackle Andrew Rodriguez and swing tackle Jeremiah Sirles. More on the offensive tackles and the challenge they face this weekend coming Thursday.
>> Six Spartans have at least 21 catches this year for Michigan State. The guy who stands out to NU secondary coach Terry Joseph is sophomore Keith Mumphrey, the team’s reception-leader at 32. Mumphrey will motion a lot before the snap and regularly catches the ball with room to run, according to Joseph.
>> Junior Ciante Evans is Nebraska’s nickel back, the fifth defensive back on the field in a personnel group NU’s defense uses to match up against three-receiver formations. MSU may not put more than two receivers on the field too often Saturday, though. That could mean Evans plays some at cornerback. Joseph said Evans takes practice reps at that position every week, just in case.