Published Monday, October 14, 2013 AT 12:22 PM / Updated at 12:59 PM
Husker walk-on out for season
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska men’s basketball walk-on Tim Wagner saw his first season in the program end after two weeks.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Galesville, Wis., suffered a dislocated ankle in practice recently and underwent surgery.

“It was a really gruesome injury,” NU coach Tim Miles said Monday. “It was like all the worst pictures you see on TV.

“But he’s handled it like a champ. I think he’s got eight screws and two plates in his ankle.”

Wagner had small-college offers but chose to walk-on at Nebraska. Wagner’s father is a coaching friend of Miles.

“Tim is a kid I really enjoyed having in the program,” Miles said. “He was just starting to figure things out.”

Other early injuries:

>> Guard Tai Webster has missed five practices with a sprained ankle. Miles said he doesn’t expect the injury to linger past this week.

>> Forward Leslee Smith’s chronic knee soreness has led to some hamstring tenderness, which has limited his practice time.

>> Wing Nathan Hawkins suffered a slight concussion and missed two practices, but has recovered.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at