Nebraska is expected to have its star wideout Friday.
Wan’Dale Robinson has missed the last two games with injury, but the freshman wide receiver went through warm-ups Friday morning while the Huskers prepare for a season finale against No. 19 Iowa (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten).
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, did not practice the following week and stayed back in Lincoln last weekend while the Huskers traveled to Maryland.
Members of the coaching staff have expressed in recent weeks 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 exhausted his eligible games this season under the redshirt rule. Head coach Scott Frost said this week Johnson will be available only in case of emergency. Junior Dedrick Mills has carried the load in the two games Robinson has missed and the Husker running game has gotten rolling.
Nebraska has 582 rushing yards in its last two games, averaging 6.3 yards a carry. Mills has 253 yards in his last games.
It’ll be interesting to see how Robinson is used if and when he sees the field.
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.