The Big Ten Conference office announced Wednesday that senior defensive lineman Khalil Davis has been suspended for the Oct. 5 game against Northwestern.
Davis, a starter in every game this season, was issued a “public reprimand for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy after he struck an opposing player near the 9:18 mark of the first quarter against Ohio State on Sept. 28.”
The TV broadcast doesn’t show the incident. The last visible frame before the camera pans away is of Davis falling on an Ohio State lineman. No flag was thrown on the play.
Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 states in part that “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”
The conference said there would be no further comment on the issue.
“We have been in communication with the Big Ten Conference office over the past day regarding Khalil Davis, and support the Big Ten’s disciplinary action,” head coach Scott Frost said. “We do not condone unsportsmanlike play or behavior in our program, and will use this as an educational opportunity with our team on how to play the game the right way. We are moving forward with our preparation for Saturday’s game with Northwestern.”
Davis has 13 tackles on the season and leads the team in both sacks (three) and tackles for loss (six). He has appeared in 41 of the past 42 games for the Huskers, last missing a game in 2016. Expect junior Ben Stille to take Davis’ starting place for Saturday’s game.
Nebraska kicks off against Northwestern at 3 p.m. CT on Fox.