Report says five Huskers suspended for BYU

According to a report in the Portland Tribune, five Nebraska players will be suspended for the home-opener against BYU.

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, a longtime media acquaintance of Nebraska head coach Mike Riley, recently sat in on a Nebraska coaches' meeting in Lincoln. 

The point of the feature was to catch up with Riley and show his CEO style approach to being a head coach. 

But, buried in the report was news for Nebraska fans regarding their home-opener against BYU, the official start of the Riley era. 

From the feature:

"Riley asks Van De Riet, “Who is going to miss the first game?” He means because of suspensions. Van De Riet names five players, including one defensive starter."

It immediately drew the attention of defensive coordinator Mark Banker. 

That’s the one problem,” Banker notes.

No names were given in the report - it wasn't the point of the feature, but the news was there. In addition, no reasons why for the suspensions were given. This coming after Riley was asked about any players missing the home-opener at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. At the time, he said an announcement regarding any suspensions would come at a later date in fall camp. 

In three practices the media has been allowed to watch during camp, no expected defensive starters have seen limited reps. 

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall has experience knocking off power five teams to start the season. The list includes: Oklahoma, Washington, Northwestern, Washington State and Ole Miss.

"Don't tinker around with this team," said Riley regarding BYU at Big Ten Media Days. "This will be a physical, older, experienced group. A team that has a Heisman type quarterback talent. I think it's going to be everything we want in the competition for the first game."

Nebraska fans just have to hope the defensive suspension doesn't come at the linebacker or defensive end spot - where depth is currently limited and young. 


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