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Pregame Observations Ahead of Nebraska-Michigan State

September 25, 2021

After three consecutive non-conference games, Nebraska is back to playing Big Ten Conference opponents. The Huskers (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) traveled to East Lansing, Michigan, for a contest with the the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans (3-0, 1-0) on Saturday.

The game is set for a 6 p.m. central time kickoff. Here’s everything you need to know about the game, including a preview and weather forecast.

The matchup will have a special meaning to it as Saturday marks the first game in Spartan Stadium between Nebraska and Michigan State since the tragic losses of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler, who passed away in a car accident in 2016. The Foltzes and Sadlers will be at midfield for the coin toss, similar to what happened for the 2016 game.

Here are a few pregame updates from East Lansing:

>> While the wind was gusting to the south prior to the game, it’s likely to die down at kickoff. The flags atop the goal posts were not moving too much during warmups.

>> Junior wideout Oliver Martin wasn’t seen in pregame warmups. Martin, a transfer from Michigan and Iowa, hasn’t played since a six-catch, 103-yard receiving day at Illinois. On Thursday head coach Scott Frost said that he’d be crossing his fingers in hopes that Martin would be healthy enough to play at Michigan State.

>> Senior Connor Culp and freshman Brendan Franke were out kicking field goals in warmups. Both were connecting on their practice attempts.

>> Who gets the start at punter is still a question. Will it be freshman Daniel Cerni, who Frost said was working through a minor injury during the week, or will it be sophomore Michigan State transfer Will Przystup, who had a solid outing at Oklahoma and averaged 50 yards per kick against the Sooners?

>> Three quarterbacks were seen warming up: junior Adrian Martinez, freshman Logan Smothers and sophomore Matt Masker. Freshman quarterback Heinrich Haarberg was not seen. Haarberg previously traveled to both Illinois and Oklahoma.

>> Freshman running back Jaquez Yant made the trip to East Lansing. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder didn’t make the trip to Illinois but seems to get the travel roster spot following the likely season-ending injury to freshman Gabe Ervin Jr.

>> Sophomore defensive lineman Casey Rogers was seen going through similar warmups that he’s been doing for the past few weeks as he’s been working his way back to 100% after a leg injury. Rogers made the trip to Oklahoma last week and suited up, but didn’t see the field.

>> Offensive lineman Broc Bando was in uniform. He’s been out with an undisclosed illness for the past couple of weeks.

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