Practice notes: Keith Williams returns to practice, Antonio Reed out for first game and Nebraska’s plan for the first punt
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams returned to practice on Thursday afternoon for the first time after his two-week suspension. Williams was suspended after his third DUI charge in mid-August.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley said Williams addressed the team and the staff before practice. Riley said Williams’ return was a boost to the team, but also mentioned he doesn’t want to be a “high-maintenance program.”
“We don’t like the situation but the guy we do like,” Riley said. “Everyone was glad to see him.”
More notes from practice:
- Sophomore safety Antonio Reed will not play on Saturday against Fresno State. Riley said he’ll be out with an injury, meaning Reed and senior safety Nate Gerry will both leave vacancies in the secondary.
- Riley said the injury hurts the team but is confident in Kieron Williams and Aaron Williams at the safety positions.
- Nebraska will do something special for the first punt of the game in honor of punter Sam Foltz, who died in a car accident in July. Riley did not say what exactly the team will do, but said there is definitely something planned.
- Before the big recruiting weekend, Riley said he loves the fact that the athletic department can pay for families to travel to Lincoln with their recruits, which is new this season. Riley said the rule before was “unfair” to recruits and is glad the playing field is now even for recruits who want to look into schools that are farther away.
- Riley announced sophomore linebacker Tyrin Ferguson will redshirt. Ferguson approached the coaching staff and asked to redshirt, and the staff agreed that would be a good idea, Riley said.