LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska head coach Mike Riley announced the suspension of five players for the Huskers' upcoming game against BYU this Saturday.
The list included starting outside linebacker Michael Rose, tight end Cethan Carter, cornerback Jonathan Rose, offensive lineman Robby Painter and defensive end Joe Keels.
"There is no doubt this is not helpful," said Riley. "There are some obviously some good players in the group and guys in the mix. There is no question that is not helpful. It's probably a bad way to say it.
"I would think in the world of being a player and thinking about a football season, the opening game, it's a big penalty."
Riley announced converted previously converted safety Luke Gifford would receive the majority of the reps in Rose's spot. Carter, who was listed as a co-starter on Monday's depth chart, will see senior David Sutton as the Huskers' top tight end.
"I think Luke is a good football player and has made a ton of plays during our fall camp," said Riley. "I have been really impressed with him."
When Nebraska runs the nickel, true freshman Dedrick Young and junior Josh Banderas will stay in at linebacker, with true freshman Aaron Williams coming in as the extra defensive back.
All five suspensions were because of a violation of team rules.