Teddy Prochazka is officially out for the season after suffering a knee injury against Michigan. Coach Scott Frost confirmed the status of Prochazka during his Monday press conference.
“Teddy had a knee injury,” Frost said. “He’s going to have surgery next week and we won’t have him back until spring ball.”
Prochazka, a graduate of Elkhorn South, started at left tackle for Nebraska against Northwestern and Michigan. He also played in five games overall, burning his redshirt for the 2021 season. Prochazka’s options now are to redshirt another year at Nebraska or to petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt to get back this year of eligibility.
Is a medical redshirt possible for Prochazka? Maybe, but Frost said the coaches and team are more concerned about him and his health right now though. He added that they’ll worry about eligibility options for Prochazka later.
“I feel bad for him,” Frost said. “These kids put forth so much time and effort and Teddy has improved leaps and bounds since he got here.”
Bryce Benhart returned to Nebraska’s offensive line in Prochazka’s absence on Saturday, and it seems he will take over at right tackle. Turner Corcoran is expected to move back to left tackle going forward.
Benhart, who started 13 straight games at right tackle prior to Northwestern, still has to have a good week of practice though. Frost noted that this is a good week for that too. Benhart is from Minnesota, so Frost said the opportunity is there to show what he can do heading into the matchup with the Gophers.
More news and notes:
>> Running back Rahmir Johnson has 298 yards and two touchdowns on 72 rushing attempts so far this season, and is currently averaging 4.1 yards per carry. Is that what Frost expected going into the season?
“He was probably fifth on the depth chart and we were waiting for someone to step up and take it,” Frost said. “When you’re patient with some people they end up being great player.”
>> Frost meets with athletic director Trev Alberts every Sunday, which he has enjoyed. He said that Alberts visited with each of Nebraska’s assistants this week too, telling them he was proud of them.
“It’s been nice to have him show support like that,” Frost said.
Frost added that Alberts was also in the locker room Saturday night, providing encouragement to the players.
>> Frost said that he wants a fast start on offense at Minnesota, especially in light of how Nebraska has played against the Gophers in recent years. He pointed to Nebraska’s last trip to Minnesota in 2019 as an example.
“We played really uninspired football,” Frost said. “We had some kids who didn’t want to be there. We didn’t play tough.”
Frost said his team has grown up more since then.
>> Nebraska will get a bye week after the matchup with Minnesota, but Frost said his players “have plenty of gas” going into the eighth straight game week. He pointed to the NFL as an example, saying if players want to play at the next level that they’ll deal with long stretches with only one week off.
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