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Check out what’s happening today around Husker Nation:

Ben Stille – Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week

  • What a terrific morning for freshman linebacker Ben Stille. After seeing an uptick in his playing time two weeks ago versus Rutgers, the linebacker saw extensive playing time versus Illinois and was named the Big Ten’s Freshman Player of the Week after an impressive performance.
  • Stille registered his first career sack and forced a fumble in the third quarter while accruing three tackles for a loss in the game. Stille is a Nebraska native from Ashland-Greenland and was recruited by Mike Riley in his first true recruiting class of 2016.
  • The last time the Huskers had a Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week was punter Caleb LIghtbourn on September 19th, 2016
  • I’ve just seen really good, hard consistent work,” Riley said of Stille.

Nebraska vs Ohio State kickoff set

  • Nebraska will go back under the lights for the second week in a row on October 14th to face ranked Ohio State at 6:30 pm CST on FS1. This will be Nebraska’s first back-to-back night games, at home, against top-10 ranked opponents in a very very long time (1992?)

Injury Updates

  • Let’s kick this off with some positive news on the injury front
    • Back at practice this week: CB Chris Jones, S Joshua Kalu, OLB Marcus Newby, and RT Matt Farniok
    • Lingering issues but doing better: WR Stanley Morgan Jr, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, RT David Knevel, LB Tyrin Ferguson, S Aaron Williams, Mikale Wilbon (sprained ankle)
    • Out this weekend: RB Tre Bryant

Moving up the depth chart

  • The Cat OLB position saw changes with junior Sedrick King taking over the #1 spot and Big Ten Freshman Player of the Week Ben Stille moving into the #2 slot behind him after another strong showing. Sophomore Alex Davis is the #3 man.
  • RT position saw true freshman Brenden Jaimes move into the #1 spot after filling in for senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok went down with injuries.
  • Junior Mikale Wilbon is the co-#1 running back with Devine Ozigbo. Mike Riley declared Tre Bryant out for this weekend with a lingering injury to his leg
  • Sophomore Michael Decker is listed as the #1 center position on the offensive line after two weeks of strong showings as well. He will battle with Cole Conrad as the season goes on and Conrad returns to full health.
  • See below for a full breakdown of the depth chart

Recruiting Updates:

  • Mike Riley said he expects to sign 18 recruits this cycle. While that’s a nice number, it in reality it needs/should be closer to 20-23 recruits if Riley wants to avoid putting himself on self-imposed scholarship restrictions.
    • 2017 – 20 commits; 17 remain (Keyshawn Johnson Jr expected to return this spring)
    • 2016 – 21 commits; 19 remain
    • 2015 – 21 commits; 18 remain
    • 2014 – 22 commits; 14 remain
  • It’s still early to give an official visitor list for this weekend but fans should expect it to be BIG and full of long-time Cornhusker commits and top recruits from all corners of the country.
  • A way too early list of 2018 recruits visiting:

Getting Ready for Wisconsin

  • 7 pm CST kickoff this weekend on BTN
  • Is Chris Jones back, back? He’s practicing this week and cleared to practice and Mike Riley noted they will “see where he is” before determining if he’s ready to play. May have to shake off some rust after not playing any football since July.
  • Mick Stoltenberg said this weekends game should feature some “Old school football” as it’s the first team that isn’t a primary spread team. Will be important for the linemen to have a good game and work hard to control the line of scrimmage with the linebackers.
  • Time for a Husker blackout? The official Husker student section is calling for a blackout for Wisconsin

A quick shout out before we call it wraps.

  • Welcome back to the Top-5 in the AVCA Women’s Volleyball rankings Husker Volleyball. It’s good to see you back on top after knocking off #2 Penn State, #6 Minnesota, and #7 Wisconsin over the last week and a half.

Nebraska vs Wisconsin 2017 depth chart

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