COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Nebraska will once again be without its top playmaker Saturday when it takes on Maryland.
Freshman wideout Wan’Dale Robinson did not travel with the team.
— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) November 23, 2019
Robinson hasn’t played since Nov. 2 against Purdue. In that game, he had 14 carries for 29 yards and seven catches for 46 yards before leaving with an injury. A week prior, Robinson carried the ball 22 times for 83 yards against Indiana, adding six catches for 71 yards. He missed the Wisconsin game last weekend and did not practice this week.
Members of the coaching staff have shared recently they haven’t been able to use the freshman wideout the way they’d like with so much upheaval in the running back room. Maurice Washington is not with the team and freshman Rahmir Johnson has just one game left under the four-game redshirt rules. Junior Dedrick Mills carried the load a week ago, and he’s expected to do the same in the backfield against Maryland.
With 1,015 all-purpose yards on his season, Robinson is one of only four Husker freshmen to ever crack the 1,000-yard threshold. Ahman Green holds the freshman record for all-purpose yards in a season at Nebraska with 1,259 yards in 1995.
Nebraska will miss him in a number of ways. (Walk-on running back Brody Belt has been handling kickoff return duties in Robinson’s stead. He is on the trip.) Robinson isn’t the only wideout missing in action, though. Fellow starter, and grad transfer Kanawai Noa, also stayed back in Lincoln. Noa did not practice this week, those his injury hasn’t been discussed.
In their place, Nebraska brought freshman wideout Jamie Nance on his first road trip of the season. The 6-foot wideout early-enrolled back in January but has yet to play this season. Several weeks ago, head coach Scott Frost said Nance had been a real bright spot on NU’s scout team.
Nebraska receivers in the DMV area include: junior JD Spielman, seniors Mike Williams and Jaron Woodyard, sophomore Kade Warner, Nance and fellow freshmen Darien Chase and Chris Hickman (a tight end the Huskers will use out wide in certain packages) and redshirt freshman walk-on Bennett Folkers.
Other travel roster-related notes
>> Sophomore kicker Barret Pickering is not on the travel roster. He missed the first seven games this season with an injury, and after playing in only three games so far, it’s unclear whether his absence is injury-related or done in an attempt to preserve a redshirt year.
Matt Waldoch and Harrison Martin, a senior walk-on place-kicker from Lincoln Lutheran (Neb.) High School are the only two place-kickers on the travel roster. Starting punter Isaac Armstrong is listed as “P/PK,” though, so he may regain kicking duties. Armstrong is 2-for-5 on field goal tries this season and 6-for-7 on extra points. Waldoch has not attempted a field goal.
>> Sophomore running back Jaylin Bradley is on the trip, as is freshman Rahmir Johnson. Bradley hasn’t played in a game yet this season, though he looked decent enough in the Husker spring game in April.
Bradley’s exile has been a strange one. The Bellevue West product looked like a potential rotational piece in the running back room in 2017, when he played spot duty late in the year for a similarly-injured running back room. He has not yet registered a carry for Frost.
>> Senior nose tackle Darrion Daniels also traveled to Maryland after missing the Wisconsin game last week. His availability is to be determined.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.