Nebraska will be without a few players many Husker fans were hoping to see at this Saturday’s Red-White game.
Head coach Bo Pelini broke the news after Nebraska’s Wednesday practice that linebacker David Santos, wide receiver Alonzo Moore, and cornerback Daniel Davie likely won’t take part in Saturday’s spring game.
““It was a physical spring and a hard-hitting spring, so we have some guys that are nicked up and what you’d expect at this time,” Pelini said. “With all the things we have coming up after the spring game, the offseason program and that type of thing, we’re not going to put anyone at risk that is nicked up going into this thing.”
Running back Ameer Abdullah, as expected, won’t take part in the game but his recovery from a minor knee injury is on track. Abdullah said that if Nebraska had an actual game on Saturday that he’d be able to play.
Don’t expect to see much of quarterback Taylor Martinez either. His snaps will be limited to a “few series” on Saturday but Pelini said the other quarterbacks will be live during the scrimmage.
Despite the limited live snaps for Martinez, the quarterback said he’s been pleased with his individual progress this spring.
“It’s gone really good so far. I’ve just got to keep on working on mechanics, ball placement, little stuff like that.”
As for the players who will take part in the game, the coaching staff divided the teams up. That’s a slight departure from the player draft of previous years, but Pelini said limited numbers played a role in that decision. Some players may end up playing on both teams.
So how much can be gleaned from a scrimmage like this?
“Not much, I mean a little bit,” Pelini said. “It’s blocking and tackling. I want to see how guys react and I want to see execution. It’s not about tricking the other team or anything else; it’s about playing basic fundamentals and basic football. I want to see how they handle the environment.”
At last count, Nebraska had sold more than 40,000 tickets for Saturday’s game. With this year’s game being televised live on the Big Ten Network, and a favorable forecast on Saturday, Pelini is hoping that number can climb even higher.
“I think it’s a good thing,” Pelini said of the game being televised. “I ask the fans to come on out. Let’s fill the stadium and show people out there, across the country, that are going to be watching this game the type of fan support we have. The best fans in America. That’s what we have and that should be on great display come Saturday.”
Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available and cost $10. Youth eighth grade and younger are admitted free. For more information on spring game tickets, visit Huskers.com.