Nebraska will be without one of its captains for the remainder of the 2022 football season, interim head coach Mickey Joseph confirmed on Tuesday. Linebacker Nick Henrich is officially out after suffering a knee injury against Purdue.
Henrich was noticeably absent from Nebraska’s updated depth chart—released on Monday ahead of the matchup with Illinois—but there was another mention that seemed to allude to the news. Henrich vaguely referenced the injury on Instagram during the bye week, saying that “adversity ain’t nothing new, be back soon. NEVER OUT OF THE FIGHT.”
Prior to the season-ending injury, Henrich had 37 tackles on the season over five starts. He also missed the matchups with North Dakota and Georgia Southern due to an injury to his hand.
Chris Kolarevic will replace Henrich at the inside linebacker spot for the remainder of the season. Freshman Ernest Hausmann will serve as backup at the spot.
Luke Reimer is also back after missing the Purdue game.
More news and notes:
>> When it comes to the running backs, Joseph said that Nebraska has got to “get him going” when referring to Anthony Grant. Joseph added that the Huskers need to be better up front and find plays for the offensive line to block. Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple stayed in Lincoln over the bye week to work on schemes (and specifically the run game).
The No. 2 running back will be Jaquez Yant and Rahmir Johnson for the time being. Joseph said that Gabe Ervin Jr. is still getting healthy.
>> Interim defensive coordinator Bill Busch also stayed in Lincoln over the bye week to work on schemes.
>> Joseph said that wide receiver Trey Palmer is the fastest receiver he’s coached. He added that Palmer also understands what it takes to compete each and every day.
>> When asked what Nebraska fans can do on Saturday to help the Huskers, Joseph’s answer was pretty straightforward:
“Just being loud and being into the game.”
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