Originally, Nebraska hoped it would have Jerald Foster back by Big Ten play.
But coach Mike Riley announced Friday that the Huskers’ projected starting left guard will miss the entire season with a torn MCL. He will have surgery to repair it.
The Lincoln, Neb., native was a 3-star recruit in the class of 2014. He appeared in all 13 of Nebraska’s games last season, primarily on special teams.
Per the Omaha World-Herald, redshirt freshman Jalin Barnett, a top-100 recruit in the class of 2015, is a candidate to see time in Foster’s absence.
Senior Corey Whitaker likely would have been the logical choice to fill in for Foster, but Riley announced he will miss two weeks with a knee injury, so his status for the team’s Sept. 3 opener against Fresno State is uncertain.
Nebraska’s offensive line ranked in the top 30 nationally in both run and pass blocking in 2015, according to FootballOutsiders.