Huskers practice report: Aug. 17th

Huskers practice report: Aug. 17th
Posted at 1:50 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 14:51:01-04

The Huskers continue week two of fall camp today with a 9:30 a.m. walk-though practice. Tonight, the team will work on situational plays in shoulder pads with officials present. While there wasn't much to observe during today's walk-through session, Riley answered some key questions during his media availability after practice. 

The Keith Williams situation

Riley said that while he has spoke to Keith Williams, he has no further developments in terms of punishment or consequences for the wide receiver coach following his DUI arrest. 

"This is a most serious situation," Riley said. "We are still exploring, talking and finding out as much as we can. You will know when we know what is going to happen...I don't really have anything to add. This is ongoing right now in-house, and because of the seriousness of it, I just don't have anything else to really give you."

Injury report

Greg Simmons was at practice today following a scary moment during Saturday's scrimmage that left him lying on the turf for an extended period of time. Riley said he was dealing with a stiff neck.

Jordan Westerkamp is dealing with a groin injury, and a couple of guys are dealing with soft tissue injuries, but nothing major. Riley said a big reason for the walk-through today was to keep everyone healthy and to make sure those dealing with minor injuries could participate. 

Michael Rose-Ivey has missed an extended amount of time with a minor knee injury, but Riley said he is day-to-day and should be back soon.

Punting battle

After the tragic death of punter Sam Foltz earlier this summer, the Huskers have some big shoes to fill at punter. Riley said he has been impressed with the improvement he has seen over the summer with Isaac Armstrong, and also with the talent, consistency and power from Caleb Lightbourn.

Although it's a tough position to fill, both punters have been impressive during fall camp. 

Kick/punt return candidates

The main candidates to field kickoffs for Nebraska are running backs Terrell Newby, Mikale Wilbon and redshirt freshman Wyatt Mazour. Harrison Jordan is the leading candidate for the off-returner. You can also throw Tre Bryant into the mix if Riley chooses not to redshirt him.

The punt return battle comes down to wide receivers Westerkamp, Stanley Morgan Jr. and De'Mornay Pierson-El, but Riley said he expects each of them to field some punts during the season.

Quarterback depth

With fifth-year seniors Tommy Armstrong and Ryker Fyfe sitting atop the quarterback depth chart, Riley said he doesn't expect A.J. Bush or Patrick O'Brien to crack the top two. He did say that O'Brien is in limbo as far as whether or not he will redshirt or become the third string option. 

"Nobody right now looks like they are going to be any better than third," Riley said. "I think the two guys that are playing there are pretty solid. I'd be lying if I said this is wide open, but we don't know how the third is going to play out at this time."

Who gets the redshirt?

After listening to Riley talk today, it seems pretty certain that true freshman running back Tre Bryant will not receive a redshirt, and could see some carries in the back field.

Riley said there is at least one guy he knows will definitely not receive a redshirt, but wants to wait to announce any names. Top candidates as of now would be Lightbourn, Bryant, and defensive back Lamar Jackson. 


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