LINCOLN, Neb. — Echoing his words from the same time last week, Nebraska coach Mike Riley on Thursday said he’s not ready to clear senior QB Tommy Armstrong to play on Saturday.
Armstrong did not practice on Thursday and has been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in last Saturday’s 24-17 win over Minnesota. Last week, Armstrong’s status was in doubt after suffering what looked a serious head injury in the Huskers’ 62-3 loss to Ohio State on Nov. 5.
Riley said the decision on whether Armstrong will play this weekend might come as late as Saturday morning before Nebraska’s noon ET (11 a.m. local) kickoff against Maryland.
“Those things take time,” Riley said of Armstrong’s hamstring. “He’s getting a ton of rehab. It’ll be interesting.”
Senior quarterback Ryker Fyfe took over first-team snaps on Thursday. Riley said he really liked the way Fyfe was throwing the ball.
“Practice was crisp,” Riley said. “I think the kids responded well to Ryker. It looked like a good picture today.”
Rounding out the injury report, senior C Dylan Utter (ankle) practiced Thursday, while sophomore RB Devine Ozigbo (ankle) looks better than he has in weeks, Riley said. But sophomore LB Dedrick Young is doubtful with a leg injury.
Riley also said he is excited to honor the 28 seniors on Saturday. The ceremony will be emotional, particularly with the passing of punter Sam Foltz this summer, but Riley said he thinks it will turn into a positive.
“We’re going to have a nice celebration and it’s a good thing, but we have to play football, and the best way to celebrate those seniors is to win.”