LINCOLN, Neb. — Sophomore running back Devine Ozigbo has been out most of the week with a high-ankle sprain but he will be good to play on Saturday against Indiana, Nebraska coach Mike Riley said after practice on Thursday.
“He looked good today, had a pretty good workout (Wednesday),” Riley said. “We didn’t know what was going to happen today but we just watched him. He had quite a few reps in practice today. He will travel with us.”
In other injury news, senior TE Cethan Carter and senior WR Jordan Westerkamp will not play. Junior OG David Knevel will play as will senior WR Alonzo Moore.
Not having Carter or Westerkamp, two of Nebraska’s top receivers, changes the game plan a bit, Riley said. Carter has been a main target for senior QB Tommy Armstrong on third down.
Ozigbo is the leading rusher for Nebraska, despite playing behind starting running back senior Terrell Newby. Riley did not say how much Ozigbo will play.
“It’s comforting to have him back,” Riley said. “He’s become one of those guys that we can really rely on.”
Other notes from practice:
- Nebraska has a 53 percent conversion rate on third down. Riley said he doesn’t expect that to continue all year, since it is abnormally high, but did say the goal is about 50 percent.
- The reasons for the high conversion rate are third-down passing, the short yardage the Huskers often find themselves in and the running ability of senior QB Tommy Armstrong, Riley said.
- Riley said one of the keys to Saturday’s game against Indiana will be starting fast. Nebraska has struggled scoring in the first half. Riley said Indiana will be ready to play, so the Huskers will really need to show up early on the road.