WATCH: Riley wraps up Rutgers game, previews Illinois

WATCH: Riley wraps up Rutgers game, previews Illinois
Posted at 12:07 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-25 13:07:50-04

Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley came to the podium for his weekly Monday morning press conference with a 2-2 record after grabbing a home win over Rutgers Saturday.

Riley praised the offensive line's work against Rutgers and said that he thought right tackle Brenden Jameis stepped up when the Huskers needed him to. He also said he was proud of his team's mental toughness and resiliency in their game against Rutgers after a somewhat tumultous week off the field.

The freshman offensive lineman started at right tackle after injuries to David Knevel and Matt Farniok. 

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Riley also addressed the running back situation after Devine Ozigbo's carreer game against Rutgers. He said that if Tre Bryant can't play against Illinois, Mikale Wilbon will still get the start, but Ozigbo and Bellevue West alum Jaylin Bradley will rotate in equally.

Riley said he will not look ahead to Wisconsin, who comes to Lincoln Oct. 7. He said the team is focused on getting better, growing and taking it week by week. 

As far as Illinois, Riley said they are a team that is building into the competition of the Big Ten. He said due to the rising power of Ohio State in the Big Ten, teams have started to compete at a much higher level as you see with Purdue and Indiana. He said Illinois is right on track in that aspect.

Hear Riley's full Monday press conference here: