Thursday was offense day for post-practice media availability, but Coach Mike Riley stepped up to the table prior to offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf to share some injury news.
Freshman wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty, who enrolled early but dealt with a shoulder injury that limited him during spring ball, suffered a knee injury and will miss the 2017 season.
“We were doing a little blocking deal the other day and Jaevon McQuitty hurt his knee and will need surgery, so he will be out for the year,” Riley said.
McQuitty wasn’t the only player — or even receiver — who was absent from the field during Thursday’s open practice as junior Keyan Williams and redshirt freshman J.D. Spielman both sat out with pulled muscles.
“We’re missing a couple slot backs too, Keyan Williams and J.D. Spielman … I think J.D. is day-to-day and Keyan is probably two weeks away — he had a good hamstring pull,” Riley said.
Injuries at the wide receiver position during camp is nothing new for Nebraska, and Riley said the coaches made some call-ups to the fall 105-man practice roster to make up for the losses of McQuitty, Spielman and Williams.
“We’re being very thoughtful now,” Riley said. “We have actually, losing a couple guys, we have brought some other guys that are on the team that weren’t allowed on the 105, we’ve brought them in and that’s been good for us, it’s saved us numbers-wise. It’s a very difficult balance because you need all the parts to practice all of the complete game. It puts you in a little bit of a bind. It’s always the receivers it seems like every year. We try to do everything we can to prevent it.”
The injuries were not limited to the wideout position, however, as sophomore running back Tre Bryant was given a day off to rest his knee.
“Tre has had, over the course of the time we’ve had him, he has had kind of wear and tear issues with his knee, so we’re giving him a break,” Riley said. “We’re expecting him maybe tomorrow, for sure on Monday.”
Stay tuned for more updates from Thursday’s practice.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.