LINCOLN, Neb. — Coach Mike Riley shared confirmed Thursday that junior wide receiver Keyan Williams is out again with a hamstring injury and that a timetable for his return is unknown.
Williams first missed practice During Week 2 of fall camp. He was able to briefly return, but Riley said he “redid his hamstring” this week and Huskers are not sure right now how it will heal.
“He came back for one minute, maybe two minutes,” Riley said. “It’s one of those things, a sad deal. He came back, had worked out on the field, they put him through stuff for two or three days, gets right back in gear and it didn’t take long.”
With freshman wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty out for the season with a knee injury, there could be cause for concern at wide receiver. However, Riley likes who he still has healthy in the group and provided an update on where each player currently sits on the depth chart.
“I’ve looked at it [as] a group in total,” Riley said. “The first guys that would be our starters are Stanley [Morgan Jr.], De’Mornay [Pierson-El] and right now J.D. Spielman. That next group, and as receivers go this next group could play a lot, [is] Tyjon Lindsey, Bryan Reimers, Gabe Rahn has been in the mix, [Brett] Classen has been up in there. And Connor Young has made quite a few plays.
“All of those guys I mentioned after those starters, I think they could go in the games and function well, and make plays and know what they’re doing.”
More notes from Mike Riley
• Six Nebraska football walk-ons earned scholarships this week. Riley confirmed those players are Rahn and Classen, junior offensive lineman Cole Conrad, senior fullback Luke McNitt, and senior tight ends Tyler Hoppes and Connor Ketter. There could be additional names added to the list, but Riley is happy for those announced so far.
“These guys are guys that have done a great job in the program and have earned a scholarship,” he said.
• Redshirts are still on the table, but Riley sees that taking shape. He’s not yet ready to announce who is getting them, but hopes to share some news soon.
“We’re getting closer to that,” Riley said. “We’ll play it through the weekend and I think that it’s pretty defined. There’s still a couple of guys we’re not sure about.”
• Riley said he and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf opted to keep quarterback Tanner Lee from throwing on Thursday. He handled more of the run plays as a result. The coaches wanted to give his arm a rest. He’ll return fully Friday.
• Jim Rome recently called Riley the coolest coach in college football. When asked about it on Thursday, Riley joked that he felt uncomfortable talking about it.
“Very sneaky,” Riley said. “That’s all I’m saying about that.”
• You won’t find Riley complaining about the extra week Nebraska has between fall camp and the first game. It’s allowed the team to ease into things before really hitting the ground running on Monday.
Riley also said the team has spent up to half of practice time this week focused on Arkansas State game prep. The rest of the time has been spent maintaining good competition, simulating game situations and working on clock situations.
“I’m thankful that we have a week of class before the first game week just to get used to the schedule and get into it,” Riley said.
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