Huskers on KLIN


By Tommy Rezac

Nebraska senior safety Josh Kalu (hamstring) and senior right tackle David Knevel (ankle) are both "doubtful" for Saturday's game against Northern Illinois, according to head coach Mike Riley.

Kalu hurt his hamstring late in the first half of Saturday's 42-35 loss to Oregon in Eugene on Saturday, while redshirt freshman Matt Farniok started in place of Knevel.

"Matt Farniok goes in and plays pretty well," Riley said. "That helps our team now, and it helps us as we go down the road. So, we feel good about that."

Sophomore running back Tre Bryant, who exited Saturday's game in the 3rd quarter with an apparent knee injury, is day-to-day at this point.

"No later than before Wednesday's practice, we'll probably need to go one way or another with Tre," Riley said.

The injury Bryant suffered Saturday was "nothing new," according to Riley. The sophomore has been dealing with occasional wear and tear on his right knee throughout practice this fall.

"If Tre does not play this week, then Jaylin Bradley will move into his role (third string) and Devine will move into Mikale's role (backup) and Mikale will start the game," Riley said, "and we will do well."

Riley says true freshman Jaylin Bradley will burn his redshirt and start training as a running back this week, and might also see playing time on special teams as well.

Junior linebacker Luke Gifford, who injured his hip in the second half against Oregon and then came back is "probable" for this week.

Check back in to for more on today's press conference. The Huskers will conclude practice this evening around 6 p.m., where offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and offensive assistants coaches will address the media at the Hawks Championship Center.

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