CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — There are no surprises on the Huskers’ 74-man travel roster for Illinois. No major surprises, at least; starting left tackle Brenden Jaimes and starting safety Cam Taylor-Britt are both in Illinois for the Huskers’ (2-1) Big Ten opener against the Fighting Illini (2-1).
Travel roster for the #Huskers.
That's Pickering crossed out, but he's not a late scratch, per NU, just accidentally on there. No conspiracies. pic.twitter.com/8PKWLAzk35
— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) September 21, 2019
Jaimes left last Saturday’s game against Northern Illinois with a leg injury, and then practiced in a somewhat limited capacity throughout the week. Same for Taylor-Britt, who picked up a shoulder injury on a tackle against the Huskies in the first half and did not return; the sophomore defensive back donned a non-contact jersey midway through the week but by Thursday both seemed ready to go.
Taylor-Britt has been one of the Huskers’ most impactful players through the first three games of the season; he’s got 11 tackles, three forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a pass break-up in two-and-a-half games.
Nebraska’s left tackle is of equal importance, as Jaimes will, as long as he’s full-go, be tasked with limiting Illini defensive end Oluwole Betiku Jr. and his nation-leading six sacks.
Now, just because both are in Champaign doesn’t mean they’ll play — either could still be game-time decisions or late scratches — but it’s a good sign nonetheless that the Huskers avoided serious injury to either.
>> No Barret Pickering, once again. The sophomore kicker has yet to make his 2019 debut. In his place, punter Isaac Armstrong and safety Lane McCallum will likely once again handle kicking duties.
Armstrong began the game as the starting place-kicker against Northern Illinois, but after two blocked kicks and a blocked extra point in the first half, he was replaced by McCallum, who connected on all three of his point-after attempts. Frost said McCallum earned the right to an extended look, though Armstrong remained the No. 1 kicker on the weekly depth chart. We’ll see.
Matt Waldoch, a sophomore walk-on added to the roster this week from the UNL club soccer team, did not make the trip as expected.
>> The Huskers took 80 players to Colorado. (There’s no travel roster restriction for nonconference games.) Per Big Ten regulations, they are six men short for this second road trip of the season.
The list of those who traveled to Boulder but not to Champaign include: freshman lineman Brant Banks, freshman safety Myles Farmer, freshman kicker Dylan Jorgensen, freshman defensive back Noa Pola-Gates, sophomore wideout Kade Warner and redshirt freshman Tate Wildeman.
Warner, notably, has not played this season as he rehabs an undisclosed injury from the offseason.