Nebraska quarterback Casey Thompson is “day-to-day” after suffering an arm injury against Illinois, according to interim head coach Mickey Joseph. The quarterback is dealing with a nerve injury in his right elbow and will continue to see team doctors throughout the week.
Joseph had previously said during his weekly coach’s show that he didn’t expect to see Thompson against Minnesota, but that has since changed. Thompson is looking better since that comment was made and is not ruled out against Minnesota, although he did not practice on Tuesday.
“I’d rather say he’s out than say he’s in,” Joseph added about the current status of his starting quarterback.
In his place, Logan Smothers and Chubby Purdy split reps as 1s in practice on Tuesday. While Smothers originally came into the game in Thompson’s place in the first half against Illinois, Purdy finished the game for the Huskers.
What did Joseph see from Purdy?
“He wants to make a play so bad (that) he makes a bad play,” Joseph said.
He added that Purdy needs to calm down and that he plays nervous sometimes. That means Purdy needs more reps with the first team offense to gain that confidence he needs.
Regardless of who plays Saturday, Joseph has specific expectations if the role falls to Smothers and Purdy.
“They have to lead,” Joseph said. “They have to take charge when they’re on the field.”
More news and notes:
>> Would Joseph consider another quarterback beyond Smothers or Purdy if Thompson remains unavailable? Joseph said no.
>> When it comes to the Big Ten, Joseph described the conference as “old” (because of the veterans playing in the league) as well as “well-coached.”
He said teams also have to be able to run the ball.
>> Joseph said that Broc Bando is closer to returning for Nebraska than Kevin Williams Jr. at this point.
>> Jailen Weaver has moved to the offensive line from the defensive line, working as a tackle for the Huskers. Joseph said the decision was Weaver’s.
“He came to me,” Joseph said.
>> Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim is going to be a big test for Nebraska. He has scored six touchdowns against the Huskers over the past three meetings.
“He’s a monster, man,” Joseph said.
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