Left tackle Brenden Jaimes practiced in pads on Wednesday. Offensive line coach Greg Austin confirmed the news following practuce.
Jaimes had to leave the game against Northern Illinois after an injury. He was helped off the field on Saturday after suffering an unidentified leg injury in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Broc Bando stepped into the left tackle role in his absence.
Coach Scott Frost didn’t have an update to provide on Jaimes earlier in the week—although the coach prefers not to provide injury updates unless it’s season-ending—so it’s still unknown if Jaimes will be available against Illinois. If he’s out for the week, offensive coordinator Troy Walters said Bando will be ready if needed.
"He did a great job Saturday night,” Walters said following Wednesday’s practice. “Came in, did what was asked of him, so we're very confident in him. We feel like we have depth. We feel like when a guy goes down we have the next man up mentality, and he stepped in and did a great job Saturday. And if his number's called, we're confident he's going to do the work again this week."
In other injury news, sophomore defensive back Cam Taylor-Britt also practiced on Wednesday but was in a green non-contact jersey. He left the game against Northern Illinois after making a tackle that appeared to injure his shoulder or arm.
More news and notes:
>> Former Nebraska coach and athletic director Tom Osborne was at practice on Wednesday.
>> Illinois’ defensive line is disruptive, with 12 sacks so far this season and 33 tackles for loss. It’s something Nebraska’s offense is preparing for.
"Big challenge. They want to cause disruption. They get after it up front,” Walters said. “They don't do a whole lot in the back end but they're disruptive. They twist, they move a lot up front, so we've got our hands full.
“I think if we can do a good job of protecting Adrian [Martinez] and giving him clean pocket, there's throws to be made. But they present a definite challenge in terms of protecting him and keeping him clean."
>> More talk of redshirt freshman running back Rahmir Johnson on Wednesday. Running backs coach Ryan Held said he isn’t sure if Johnson will definitively redshirt or not.
>> Tight ends coach Sean Beckton said practice has gone well so far this week and that the Huskers cam back focused on Monday. He also said the team executed the partial game plan well on Monday and have added more as the week went on.
Today was focused on ed zone, more short yardage and goal line.
“We’ve been a lot more detailed this week,” Beckton said. “I think the focus has redshifted itself the last week and a half to the details of everything. Those guys realized when we put the tape up of the Colorado game how close we really were to really making more plays than we actually did in the game. It showed up a little bit last week. We’re still not where we need to be, but obviously we continue to work at it. Those guys understand what we’re trying to do on every single play. If one guy moves out of a play we’ve coached, those guys understand that we may have to adjust.
“Those are things that, as a young football team, we’re still growing. Those guys know where to go, they just have to understand if something is just out of place, we just have to make that adjustment and figure it out.”