LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced after practice on Thursday that starting DT sophomore Mick Stoltenberg will not play on Saturday because of a non-contact injury.
The injury to his right knee is a new injury, Riley said. He expects Stoltenberg to be back for the Oregon game next week.
Riley said redshirt freshmen Carlos and Khalil Davis will take over in Stoltenberg’s place.
Riley also announced that senior DB Charles Jackson is no longer practicing with the team. Jackson is still at school and still on scholarship. It was “absolutely” his decision to not be with the team any longer, Riley said.
Jackson played sparingly during his time with the Huskers, primarily due to knee injuries.
Some other notes from practice:
- With Stoltenberg out, Riley said he’s excited to see the Davis twins get more repetitions on the line. In fall camp Riley said the Davis twins had the highest upside of all the redshirt freshmen.
- Riley said junior WR De’Mornay Pierson-El will return the first punt on Saturday, but that duty will still be dependent on the situation. Senior WR Jordan Westerkamp will also likely return some punts.
- Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh will be on the sidelines instead of upstairs in the booth like last week, Riley said.
- With the Oregon game looming next week, Riley said there is no talk about that game in the locker room. Right now, he said, the focus is entirely on Wyoming.
- Riley called Wyoming a well-coached team and said, as a whole, the Cowboys look very different from one year ago. That is probably due to the addition of sophomore QB Josh Allen.
- Nebraska will change up its schedule a bit on Saturday morning to help adjust to the early 11 a.m. Central time start. Riley didn’t like how the team played during 11 a.m. games last season, so is going to try out some new techniques, particularly what time the team will do their morning walk-through.
- Nebraska will wear special glasses to bed on Friday night to help them sleep, but Riley said he will not. “You won’t see me wearing those, probably ever,” Riley joked.