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Myles Farmer Suspended, Rhule Offers Injury Updates as Huskers Start Preseason Camp

July 31, 2023

Nebraska is not at full strength going into preseason camp. A handful of Huskers were either sidelined or out of the state entirely as the team started preseason camp on Monday. Some will be gone longer than others, according to the head coach.

Head coach Matt Rhule confirmed safety Myles Farmer is currently suspended from the team. Coaches suspended Farmer at the end of the summer for “little things, nothing major, just some of our standards.” The head coach said Farmer is not currently a member of the Huskers’ 120-person roster. Rhule empathized with Farmer’s situation, adjusting to a new coach. His staff is “patient” with Farmer and Rhule referred to the situation as “day by day.”

“We’ll see what happens with Myles,” Rhule said. “The ball is in his court. Love him to be here but whatever he wants to do, I respect him as a man. So whatever he decides, I understand.”

Farmer started 15 of Nebraska’s most recent 16 games at safety dating back to 2021. Aside from a one-game suspension, Farmer started every game last season in the Husker secondary and finished second on the team with 73 tackles. HIs only interception last year came at Rutgers to set up the Huskers’ game-winning drive. In total, Farmer has played in 26 games across four seasons with 112 total tackles.

Farmer’s status leaves a question mark in the secondary. Marques Buford Jr. still isn’t at full health from the knee injury he sustained against Wisconsin last season. Quinton Newsome, Isaac Gifford, DeShon Singleton, Phalen Sanford, Malcolm Hartzog and Tommi Hill all have game experience and practiced on Monday. Potential breakouts Omar Brown and Javier Morton are still in the room, along with likely contributor Corey Collier, a transfer from Florida. The Huskers also have true freshmen Ethan Nation (an All-American Bowl participant), Syncere Safeeullah (early enrollee), Dwight Bootle II (legacy early enrollee) and Rahmir Stewart (top safety out of Pennsylvania) now in practice.

Rhule also shared updates regarding other Huskers. Receiver Joshua Fleeks reported to camp yesterday “significantly over” his target weight, Rhule said. Because of that, he was sent home to make weight. “So we’ll wait and see how Josh does,” Rhule said. Fleeks transferred to Nebraska from Baylor during the December transfer window for a final year of eligibility. Fleeks, recruited by Rhule’s staff to Baylor, was not at Sunday’s Fan Day event.

Offensive lineman Jacob Hood was not present at Sunday night’s Fan Day or at Monday’s practice. Rhule said he’s dealing with chronic ankle injuries and the Georgia transfer is continuing to meet with doctors. Defensive lineman Brodie Tagaloa is currently in California recovering from a single-vehicle accident over a week ago. Rhule said he’s with family and recovering, having just FaceTime’d him on Sunday. He’s expected to miss the season. Tagaloa, a redshirt freshman from California, moved from tight end to defensive line in the spring.

“He’s got a cut to his face, had to have surgery on his knee,” Rhule said. “He’s got a bright future, I know things will happen for Brodie.”

Receiver Marcus Washington wore a green jersey during Monday’s practice. Rhule confirmed he broke a bone in his hand during the summer. Washington ran with his teammates and did some drill work on Monday. Rhule expects Washington completely back in practice next week.

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