What no Pierson-El means for Nebrsaka

A look at how De'Mornay Pierson-El's absence might affect the Husker.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El is out six to eight weeks with an injured foot.

What’s next for the Huskers?

Big Red Report takes a look at how Nebraska could be affected and how they might try to weather the storm with their All-American punt returner on the sidelines.


No one player can replace the All-American sophomore, but it’s time for upperclassmen like Alonzo Moore and Jamal Turner to step up.

For years we thought Turner was Pierson-EL before Pierson-El. There would be flashes of excellence that excited the fan base, but in the end Turner never could put everything together. He’s a senior now – it’s his last chance.  



Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf wants to limit quarterback Tommy Armstrong's hits, but that doesn’t mean he wants to put the brakes on the junior’s running ability.

With a major threat in the jet sweep gone, Armstrong could end up running even more than thought during the half of the season.



The punt return game gets interesting now. For months Big Red Report has been projecting junior receiver Jordan Westerkamp would lead the team in receptions. While Pierson-El will be missed on offense, he will be missed more on the Huskers’ punt return.

Special teams coach Bruce Read makes a lot a money and has a roster of over 100 players, he will need to find someone to fill in - even if it’s only to field the punt for a few positive yards.

Jordan Westerkamp and Terrell Newby look like possible safe options, but both are likely to be starters as well. Can the Huskers afford to run the risk of injury with those guys? The better bet might be Turner or Joshua Kalu.

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