LINCOLN, Neb. — On the day his program reached the top 10 for the first time in five years, Nebraska coach Mike Riley said on Monday that he is also optimistic his offense will get by just fine this coming weekend despite injuries to a pair of its key cogs.
Speaking with the media Monday, Riley said that sophomore RB Devine Ozigbo (ankle injury) is doubtful and senior WR Jordan Westerkamp (back injury) is “extremely likely” to miss this Saturday’s game at Indiana.
“If Devine is not yet ready then we feel good about our depth there at running back,” Riley said of his options Saturday.
Ozigbo leads the No. 10 Huskers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) with 76 carries, but Terrell Newby is the starter and has a team-high 327 yards on 59 carries. Newby will be backed up by sophomore Mikale Wilbon and freshman Tre Bryant.
Each underclassman has rushed for 74 yards this season, but both have fumbled in the red zone.
“We think that Mikale has shown some good stuff and I think Tre Bryant is a good player,” Riley said.
As for Westerkamp, tied for the team lead with 13 receptions, Riley said he likes putting senior WR Brandon Reilly in the slot in Westerkamp’s place, and is also OK with sophomore Stanley Morgan Jr. in Westerkamp’s position, as well. Morgan also has 13 receptions, Reilly has 4 but averages 24.3 yards per catch.
“Keith (Williams) does a nice job of teaching these guys of the big picture of their receiver position,” Riley said of his wide receivers coach.
“I think we have four receivers right now that can rotate, really more than that, with (Bryan) Reimers and Gabe Rahn,” Riley said. “I think those guys can go in and seamlessly keep us going because they know what to do.”