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Casey Thompson Throwing to Receivers, Likely the Starter Against Wisconsin

November 19, 2022

Lincoln’s cold and it doesn’t get any warmer on Tom Osborne Field. Still, the initial Huskers out for warmups in Memorial Stadium wore their typical short-sleeved gear in the 12-degree windchill. It’s game day after all.

Starting quarterback Casey Thompson walked off the bus as part of Saturday’s unity walk and is expected to start. Interim head coach Mickey Joseph said on Thursday that Thompson was on track to play, barring any health setbacks between then and kickoff. He didn’t join other quarterbacks in initial warmups but threw to receivers. Thompson’s return bodes well for the offense, which is looking to get back on track after two-and-a-half subpar showings against Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan. Nebraska’s offense has scored just one touchdown in 27 drives since Thompson’s injury.

Nebraska aims to snap a four-game losing streak this season against Wisconsin, which can become bowl eligible with a win. The Badgers are coming off a 24-10 loss to Iowa last week while Nebraska lost 31-3 to No. 3 Michigan.

>> Nebraska will celebrate and recognize a dozen seniors during its pregame Senior Day ceremony. That group includes seventh-year journeyman Brandon Moore, sixth-year seniors Broc Bando, Chancellor Brewington, Trent Hixson, Chris Kolarevic, Omar Manning, Oliver Martin, Eteva Mauga-Clements and Travis Vokolek, and fifth-year seniors Devin Drew, Caleb Tannor and Brady Weas.

>> Tannor, voted one of Nebraska’s team captains this season, will play in his 55th game as a Husker today. The school record for games played in a career is 56.

>> Today’s game is the 16th all-time meeting of the two programs and 11th as Big Ten members. That includes Wisconsin’s current eight-game winning streak over the Huskers and nine wins in the last 10 games. Nebraska’s last win over Wisconsin came in 2012 on a 17-point second-half comeback. The two teams met later that same season in Wisconsin’s thorough 70-31 Big Ten Championship win. This is, however, just the third time neither team is ranked.

>> Nebraska receiver Trey Palmer looks to regain momentum today. He was the nation’s leading receiver after the Purdue game but has just 50 yards on 11 catches since then. He could be fueled by Thompson’s return and tweeted he “woke up pissed off.” Palmer is already eighth on the school record charts for catches in a season with 58. The record, held by Marlon Lucky (2007), is 75.

>> Linebacker Luke Reimer is currently No. 20 on the school record charts with 236 tackles. With 10 tackles against Wisconsin he would move into sole possession for No. 15. The school’s record holder, by a 90-tackle margin (with 432), is current linebackers coach Barrett Ruud.

>> Nebraska running back Anthony Grant has already surpassed 1,000 all-purpose yards this season. He comes into today’s game with 880 rushing yards and the prospect of a 1,000-yard season within reach.

>> This is the final home game of the season and 389th consecutive sell out at Memorial Stadium. It’s the last time former Husker quarterback Mickey Joseph will lead the Huskers onto the field, at least in an interim capacity.

>> Saturday’s game is one of the rare Big Ten games between two interim coaches. Joseph is 2-5 since being installed as interim head coach on September 11. Wisconsin’s Jim Leonhard is 3-2 since taking over on October 2, following the dismissal of Paul Chryst.

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