The Nebraska Football team is going into its biggest game of the season with some serious surprises on the injury report, both positive and negative.
It’s taken two as far as the Huskers getting bowl-eligible. Arguably, this game will be tougher to get there, considering Nebraska is actually an underdog at home against the Maryland Terapins.
NU had another roadblock placed in front of it on Saturday morning when the Big Ten Availability Report announced that starting corner Quinton Newsome is out today. There hadn’t been any warning about the cornerback being banged up even a little before Saturday.
With no advanced warning, it’s impossible to know what the issue is or what it means for the rest fo the Nebraska Football season. What it means for Saturday, is that the Cornhuskers are without their best corner against what might be the best passing attack they’ve seen all season.
It’s a big blow. And Maryland is likely to attack the side of the field that Newsom would be on. Early and often.
Without Newsome, Nebraska Football will rely on Tommi Hill, Malcolm Hartzog and Tamon Lynum as the primary corners. It’s worth pointing out that Hartzog was someone who was banged up this week but is not listed on the report, so he does appear to be back to full strength.
Nebraska Football does get good news on availability report
Newsome was the only name on the injury report which does mean that some other guys appear to be back.
Among them is freshman defensive lineman Princewill Umanmielen. He has been going through the concussion protocol and earlier this week, head coach Matt Rhule wasn’t sure he’d be available against Maryland. He is, apparently.
There’s also the story of Billy Kemp IV. He was listed as questionable last week and it was later reported that while he was allowed to return punts, he wasn’t allowed to really run with them.
This week, he’s nowhere on the list. That could mean he’s fully back and will be playing receiver as well as returner.
It is worth pointing out that Rhule plays a bit fast and loose with the injury report, at times. Earlier this season, he officially took quarterback Jeff Sims off the report but admitted that he wasn’t yet 100 percent healthy.
Just how much playing time Kemp gets against Maryland will be a news story to watch for the rest of the day for Nebraska Football