Nebraska safety Joshua Kalu exited the Huskers’ loss to Oregon with a hamstring injury, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be back this Saturday against Northern Illinois.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley said Kalu’s status is “doubtful” at his news conference on Monday. He added that offensive tackle David Knevel is “week by week” but doubtful this week with a right ankle injury, and running back Tre Bryant did not sustain any new injury to his knee, though the team will be careful with Bryant this week.
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco gushed over Kalu during fall camp.
“Joshua Kalu could play a myriad of different positions really, really well,” Diaco said. “He’s a talented player. He’s a rugged, tough player. He’s a smart player. We all collectively believe that safety is his natural position. We believe that from an evaluation standpoint and a future standpoint that he would be a very, very good corner, [or] maybe even a great corner.
“But in my mind, there is no doubt he is and/or will be one of the best safeties in the country, if not the very best safety in the country.”