Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Wednesday that David Santos “won’t be working out here for a few weeks” but said the linebacker will be back for the start of preseason practice in August.
The sophomore-to-be, projected as the Huskers’ possible starter at middle linebacker, watched the spring game on Saturday with his right arm in a sling.
Also, Pelini said on a Big Ten teleconference that there was nothing significant with injury news for defensive linemen Vincent Valentine and Greg McMullen, who also sat out the Red-White scrimmage. Both redshirt freshmen worked with the No. 1 and No. 2 units through spring workouts and are considered important pieces to the NU defense.
Some other items:
>> With the April 6 ending to spring practice, Pelini said Nebraska players would go through two weeks of workouts before taking some time off before the summer program begins in June.
>> Pelini pointed to the play of linebacker Jared Afalava as a surprise over 15 spring workouts. The head coach said the redshirt freshman was probably further ahead than NU anticipated and has picked things up quickly.
“I think he’s going to be a very productive guy for us,” Pelini said.
>> Pelini said he was happy with some of the defensive progress but reiterated that Nebraska has a long way to go with a unit that must replace eight starters. He added, however, that: “We should hopefully have more depth than we’ve had there in a while.”
>> Pelini on quarterback Taylor Martinez: “I think the best is yet to come with Taylor — and that’s saying a lot.”
See also: Spring Game Review Video