With Nebraska (3-7, 2-5 Big Ten) about to kick off against Michigan State (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) for the last home game of the season, there are a few notes worth sharing ahead of the action.
>> Sophomore wideout JD Spielman will not play against the Spartans. Spielman was on the field with the team during warmups but in a jacket and hoodie instead of pads and jersey. He was hampered throughout the week by an ankle injury suffered last Saturday in a 54-35 win over Illinois.
Spielman is within earshot of a 1,000 yard receiving season for the Huskers. He's at 818 yards with a team-leading 66 receptions and eight touchdowns.
>> Sophomore quarterback Noah Vedral also won't play against Michigan State. Vedral's status is unknown but the absence likely has nothing to do with his redshirt status. Vedral has only appeared once this season. Vedral participated in some warmup drills with the quarterbacks but didn't ever throw the ball, only tossing balls underhand.
>> Sophomore running back Jaylin Bradley will be available for Saturday's game. He was dressed out and participating with the running backs during warmups. Bradley has yet to appear in a game this season after getting 24 carries a season ago. There have been several weekends where Bradley hasn't even been on the sideline with the team, but in the stands.
Bradley was recruited by head coach Scott Frost and company when Frost was still at Central Florida but was buried when Frost brought Maurice Washington, Miles Jones and the now-departed Greg Bell to Lincoln. He had seven carries for 18 yards in the spring game.
>> Saturday will mark the first meeting between Nebraska and Michigan State since former punters Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler were killed in a car crash. Both families along with Frost and MSU coach Mark Dantonio met at midfield before the game to honor Foltz and Sadler.