LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska has been without its 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior tight end for more than a month.
On Saturday, Cethan Carter will return to the field, sporting a camouflage brace on his elbow, and become a huge addition to Nebraska’s offense.
“He looks good. He’s running well. Feeling good. It’s good to see him out there. It’s nice to have him back,” offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said after practice on Wednesday.
Langsdorf said Carter isn’t 100 percent back into the offense but this week they are reintroducing him to the schemes. So far, so good, Langsdorf said.
“We’ll probably have a better idea by Friday but we’re trying to ease him back in,” Langsdorf said. “I think today was another step toward that.”
Carter has 10 catches for 101 yards and 1 touchdown in five games this season. He had 24 catches for 329 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.
Carter was a main factor in Nebraska’s third-down conversation rate being more than 50 percent early in the season. He’s a favorite of senior QB Tommy Armstrong on third down and could help an offense that has sputtered at times the past few weeks.
“You just have to be aware of him and make sure coverage is going to him,” Langsdorf said of Carter’s presence. “It takes a little bit of heat off some other guys just having him there. Just another threat that you have to worry about. I think it’s good for us and a physical presence in the run game also.”
Langsdorf called Ohio State’s secondary the best Nebraska will have faced so far this season. Ohio State’s defensive front is deep with “big strong guys,” he said, and the linebacker corps can rush off the edge.
“Top to bottom, really talented personnel,” Langsdorf said. “We’ve got to be able to cover them up and get some yards early and then protect the quarterback and go after them.”