Nebraska football: What we learned from Week 2 of fall camp

Another week of Nebraska’s fall camp has come and gone. With Week 2 complete, what have we learned? Let’s recap some of the bigger storylines from the past seven days.

Injuries take their toll on wide receivers

Coach Mike Riley met with the media last Thursday, announcing that freshman wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty had injured a knee and would have surgery. He is out for the season.

Additionally, receivers JD Spielman and Keyan Williams were also out of practice this week with injuries. Both had pulled muscles, with Spielman day-to-day and Williams (hamstring) out for another couple of weeks.

While the injuries are disappointing, wide receivers coach Keith Williams is hopeful. He likes what he’s seen from other wideouts who have stepped up over the last week.

The backup quarterback position is open

Riley would rather redshirt freshman quarterback Tristan Gebbia, feeling it would be in his best interest. However, the young quarterback has been impressive through fall camp, and that has made Riley reconsider the redshirt.

Regardless of what happens, it sounds like the backup quarterback position is still open. The job is redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien’s to lose, and Gebbia is making a case for it.

Week 3 will be telling as this continues to develop.

The starting running back spot has yet to be determined

Nebraska has quite a few options at the running back position, which could create drama. However, it’s been anything but.

Riley has an idea of who may be the starting running back, but it’s not yet clear enough. If that continues, Riley is not afraid to switch back to a committee approach.

“If that really doesn’t become clear-cut by the end of this next week, then there’s probably a rotation deal,” Riley said after practice Saturday.

Also, Tre Bryant was sidelined from practice this week for nagging knee problems. Riley confirmed that Bryant returned to the practice field on Saturday.

3-4 defense installation ahead of schedule

Earlier in the week, linebackers coach Trent Bray was more than complimentary of the installation process of Nebraska’s new 3-4 defense.

“Every day we’re putting a lot of stuff in and flooding them with stuff so next week can just be review,” Bray said after practice last Tuesday. “So we’re still installing and they’ve handled all of this information really well. That’s been really good. We’re way ahead of where we thought we’d be right now.

“We thought we’d have to slow down installation at some point because we thought we were being a little aggressive with it, but so far we haven’t had to. They’ve handled it well.”

Riley said on Saturday that he sees next week as the final “training camp” week, with Arkansas State prep kicking in after that.

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