Offensive coordinator Troy Walters announced on Wednesday that redshirt freshmen Andre Hunt, a wide receiver, and Katerian LeGrone, a tight end, had been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Walters declined to share any further details.
“I don’t want to get into that,” Walters said post-practice. “We’re going to handle it in-house so I don’t want to comment on that right now.”
Hunt, a 6-foot, 190-pound receiver from Palm Dale, California, redshirted last season, appearing in two games without catching a pass. Through a change in practice habits and a better understanding of the playbook, Hunt had elevated himself during spring and fall practices and had been working with the ones and twos throughout.
When Nebraska released its first depth chart on Monday, junior JD Spielman, freshman Wan’Dale Robinson and co-starters Kanawai Noa and Mike Williams, both starters were on the top line. Sophomore Jaevon McQuitty and senior Jaron Woodyard, redshirt freshman Miles Jones and sophomore Kade Warner and freshman Darien Chase were listed as the back-ups at the three wideout spots.
LeGrone, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end, also redshirted last season, making three appearances. He caught a pass for 8 yards against Bethune-Cookman and played on special teams against Illinois and Iowa. LeGrone was behind junior Jack Stoll and redshirt sophomores Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal on the tight end depth chart.
Stoll and Allen are listed as the co-starters on the depth chart with Rafdal right behind them.
“[There’s] no effect at all,” tight ends coach Sean Beckton said on Wednesday about the depth chart. “Those guys know on a daily basis that we judge every kid. Those guys understand that. That’s a standard in the tight end room and across the board as a football team. Next man has been raised up. Chris Hickman has been elevated. Bryson Krull is another kid that’s been elevated in that position.
“I have confidence in those guys to go out and perform on Saturday. We’re just trying to prepare ourselves to go beat South Alabama.”
More news and notes:
>> Why is Wan'dale Robinson a starter? "He's a playmaker,” Walters said.
He also said he makes players everywhere, whether that’s wide receiver, running back, returner. More to come from Derek Peterson on Robinson. Stay tuned.
>> Speaking of Robinson, Walters said he’s been moving inside and outside at wide receiver. The team has been doing the same with JD Spielman.
"We'll move guys around and go to work,” he said.
Both Robinson and Spielman are also going to play a big role on special teams, but Walters wants to be sure they don’t wear either out. However, it’s ultimately about putting the best players on the field against South Alabama.
"We're going to have a lot of starters on special teams setting the tone for the rest of the game,” Walters said.
>> Cam Jurgens is around 280 pounds. Zach Duval and Dave Ellis work to create a frame score of sorts for every player to determine how much weight they can hold without causing any kind of skeletal damage or strain. They feel good about keeping Jurgens right in that range, and being there hasn’t cost him his explosiveness, which Austin says is his best defining trait.
As for Saturday’s “pitch count” that Scott Frost said he’d be on, Austin doesn’t have a hard number, it will more depend on game situation and how Jurgens is feeling.
>> With only three days until game day, Walters said he’s been pleased with the team over the first half of the week. He said the Huskers have “come out focused” in preparation for South Alabama.