Just three days after making his Nebrasaka debut as a starting linebacker, junior Zaire Anderson is done for the season following an ACL tear.
“It’s unfortunate for him,” head coach Bo Pelini said. “He was really coming along but it is what it is. He’ll recover fully.”
Pelini said the injury occurred in practice and that Anderson, a junior college transfer, could be a candidate to receive an extra year of eligibility under the NCAA’s medical hardship rule.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said that senior Alonzo Whaley, who started Nebraska’s first two games at the Will linebacker spot, and redshirt freshman David Santos are the top candidates to replace Anderson. The Huskers might also take a look at a couple of freshman to add depth.
“We are going to evaluate some young guys who were on the redshirt plan and see, in an emergency, who that would be,” Papuchis said. ”Maybe a Thomas Brown or Michael Rose, but I don’t know if we are ready to go down that road yet.”
Sophomore safety Corey Cooper, who has worked primarily as Nebraska’s dime back this season, could also be an option.
“The dime and Will spot are very similar,” Papuchis said. “If we got into a bind, he could be a possibility there.”
Anderson had four tackles in three games for Nebraska this season.