LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska coach Mike Riley spoke briefly to the media on Thursday to announce the suspensions of seniors Brandon Reilly and Nate Gerry. The two will be suspended one game for violating team rules. Reilly didn’t elaborate. Here are some other notes from practice.
- With Gerry’s absence at safety, both Aaron Williams and Kieron Williams likely will start. The two were battling for the position opposite Gerry.
- If Gerry had started, defensive coordinator Mark Banker said the other safety position would likely have been a rotation of the two Williams’ and Antonio Reed. Banker said the production of these players has improved. The biggest thing for him, he said, was consistent production.
- Banker said he was disappointed in Gerry for the suspension, but added: “this too shall pass.”
- As a whole, Banker is pleased with the defense’s progress during fall camp. He said the defensive unit has had just one really bad day and one sloppy day. Other than that, he’s liked what he’s seen.
- Junior Chris Jones said though he and junior Joshua Kalu will be the starting corners, some younger guys will likely rotate in pretty consistently during games. Jones said he expects freshman Lamar Jackson to be one of the players who earns playing time.
- Jones said he’s liked the production of Kieron Williams at safety. Because of Williams’ improvement, Jones said he and Kalu are more comfortable at their positions.
- Jones also mentioned he’s seen redshirt freshman Eric Lee make huge strides in fall camp.