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Mickey Joseph Talks Myles Farmer’s Suspension, Updates Quarterback Status and More

November 08, 2022

Nebraska sophomore defensive back Myles Farmer was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence on Saturday night, and has been suspended for the matchup against Michigan.

“He made a mistake, he made a bad mistake and we don’t condone that,” interim head coach Mickey Joseph said during his Tuesday press conference.

Joseph added that Farmer’s decision was “not smart” and that he always tells the players to “protect the team.” Farmer will have to do some good things to get back in the “graces” of the team, per Joseph, and that the suspension will be re-evaluated after Saturday’s game.

As for the quarterback position, the availability of Casey Thompson is day-to-day at this time. Joseph said that he didn’t practice on Tuesday. If he doesn’t practice on Wednesday, Joseph feels that Thompson will be unlikely to play against Michigan. The biggest issue at this time for Thompson is gripping the ball.

“I’m going to make a decision, probably Thursday,” Joseph said.

If Thompson cannot play, the Huskers will turn to backups Chubba Purdy and Logan Smothers. He said he’ll watch the two in practice throughout the week and that the decision will likely come Thursday. Joseph added that Smothers has been more of a gamer right now, so the challenge will be getting him to practice more consistently.

As for how he supports the two, Joseph said it’s about putting “your arms around them” and showing them “that you believe in them.”

More news and notes:

>> Joseph talked about needing to play “Big Ten football” as the Huskers prepare for Michigan because Nebraska knows “what we’re getting into” with the Wolverines. He said he’s talked with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple about that, which includes committing to running the ball and draining the clock.

As for how the conversation went, Joseph played coy.

“That’s between me and Whip,” he said.

>> Joseph said that running back Gabe Ervin Jr. practiced on Tuesday and that he looked good. He’s been dealing with turf toe.

>> Has Joseph ever been an underdog quite like Nebraska is considered to be this Saturday against Michigan?

“Absolutely not,” he said. “Never been an underdog like that.”

>> It’s Election Day and Joseph said the message to the team is a simple one.

“Get out and vote.”

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