Nebraska (2-1) begins Big Ten play this Saturday with a 7 p.m. CT kick against Illinois (2-1) in Champaign, Illinois. The Illini followed up a 42-3 win over Akron in their opener with a less-than-stellar 31-23 win over UConn in Week 2 and then a 34-31 loss to Eastern Michigan at home last week.
And, since it’s Monday, we have a new depth chart for the new week.
There just isn’t anything new about the depth chart.
>> Both sophomore defensive back Cam Taylor-Britt (shoulder) and junior left tackle Brenden Jaimes (lower body) remain starters on the new depth chart despite picking up injuries in Nebraska's 44-8 win over Northern Illinois last Saturday.
That could mean something — like the Huskers got encouraging news back on both players and they might be able to go as soon as this weekend. But it could also mean absolutely nothing. Sophomore kicker Barret Pickering remained on the two-deep each of the first two weeks despite not playing.
Head coach Scott Frost doesn't address injuries specifically unless they're significant enough to be season-ending. If he does address both Taylor-Britt and Jaimes, it'll likely either be to say they're in "wait and see" mode or. . . the other thing. We'll see.
>> Speaking of Pickering, he's still not on the two-deep. Punter Isaac Armstrong appears to once again be in line to handle both kicker and punter duties. Michigan State transfer punter Will Przystup, not walk-on Lane McCallum, is the No. 2 kicker, which seems notable. (McCallum wasn't in the No. 2 spot last week either.)
Armstrong had two field goal attempts and a PAT blocked against the Huskies, so Nebraska turned to McCallum right before halftime. The safety handled all three of Nebraska's final point-after attempts and connected on each of them.
Frost said last week Nebraska looked to the club soccer team on campus to see if anyone had experience kicking a football, but no one was ever added to the roster. Pickering's backup entering the year, true freshman walk-on Dylan Jorgensen, is also nursing an injury he suffered in the Colorado game.
(Nebraska doesn't have a Division I men's soccer team, in keeping with Title IX compliance.)
>> There are no other changes to the Huskers' depth chart. Running back Maurice Washington retains his co-No. 1 status despite taking a shot in the second half of Saturday's game and not returning. (Frost said it wasn't anything serious.) Wideout Kade Warner remains on the two-deep as the Huskers hope he's close to a return.
>> With this week's game being a road game, Nebraska will only be able to take 74 players to Illinois, per Big Ten rules. There is no such travel roster restriction for out-of-conference games, and the Huskers took 80 to Colorado. That roster, for reference, can be found here.