Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong, Jr. will get his third straight start Saturday when Nebraska plays at Purdue, NU coach Bo Pelini confirmed Thursday to reporters after the Huskers’ final full workout of the week.
As offensive coordinator Tim Beck suggested earlier this week, Omaha Westside senior Ron Kellogg III will play at quarterback during the game, Pelini confirmed. Four-year starting quarterback Taylor Martinez will miss another game with a turf toe injury on his left foot. He did not practice this week and hasn’t since Nebraska’s 41-21 loss to UCLA.
“Business as usual — just like we have been at the quarterback position,” Pelini said.
Martinez will make the trip to West Lafayette, Ind., for the game. He’ll count against NU’s road travel roster. The only way he wouldn’t is if he makes the trip on his own and pays for it. In 2007, quarterback Sam Keller traveled to Kansas on his own dime one week after a season-ending injury, but that was a short drive.
“Taylor’s still day-to-day,” Pelini said. “He’s getting better. He’s a lot better than he has been.”
>>Another starter who’s out: Senior Elkhorn tight end Jake Long, who pulled a hamstring against Illinois. Pelini said true freshman Cethan Carter, and Lincoln Southeast sophomore David Sutton, and redshirt freshmen Sam Cotton and Trey Foster will play more in Long’s absence.
“They’re coming along,” Pelini said. “I like what those guys are doing. They’re coming along every practice. Cethan, I’ve told you, I think he’s going to be a force as he gets more comfortable. Sammy is getting healthy again.”
Cotton missed part of training camp with a couple injuries.
>>Wide receiver Jamal Turner — who also pulled a hamstring against Illinois — practiced Thursday and will be available against Purdue, Pelini said. Will linebacker Zaire Anderson, who missed the Illinois game with a bone bruise, had his “best day” of practice Thursday and should play at Purdue. Wide receiver Tyler Wullenwaber will not make the trip to Purdue after a shoulder injury from a few weeks ago flared up again.
>>Kicker Pat Smith “had a really good week,” Pelini said, and will be NU’s field-goal kicker against the Boilermakers. Smith missed an extra point against Illinois.
>>Pelini expects Purdue’s offense — with a bye week to prepare and new true freshman starter in Danny Etling — will change some from the pro-style attack that never gained much traction in the Boilermakers’ first five games. Nebraska spent some of the week practicing plays that opposing offenses had successfully used against the NU defense in the first five games of the year.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do,” Pelini said. “We prepared for a lot of different things. We kind of prepared for the offense we’ve seen up to this point, and we gotta be ready to make adjustments if need be.
“Somewhat they have to run what they’ve been doing, but they might lead to some different plays or certain personnel grouping. When (Etling) came into the game (against Northern Illinois), they slung it around. Who knows. It could be misinformation. I don’t know what we’re going to see. I feel comfortable that we’re prepared. If we see something new early — we’re going to have to be prepared to make adjustments. Our guys understand that. We’ve thrown a lot at them.”
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