Nebraska WR/PR De'Mornay Pierson-El could be close to returning from a broken foot

According to head coach Mike Riley, De'Mornay Pierson-El is healing on schedule from a broken foot and could be close to returning.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After breaking his foot in fall camp, Nebraska sophomore wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El could be close to returning for the Huskers. 

“It’s getting close. Everything is progressing without a hitch right now," said Nebraska head coach Mike Riley during his Monday morning press conference. "I think in the next week, not for this week, but in the next week or two after this, we’re looking at something we can really talk about in here. Maybe next Monday, maybe not, but maybe.”

A Big Ten Player to Watch in 2015, Pierson-El recorded 23 catches for 321 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver in 2014, but made his impact on special teams, proving to be one of the best punt returners in the country.

The true freshman had 34 returns, for 596 yards (17.5 average) and three scores. It could have easily been five to six touchdowns. His play on special teams earned him second-team All-American honors by the USA Today and Football Writers Association.

Pierson-El was also supposed to be the star in Riley's jet-sweep game this season. 

"It's been a good play for us for quite a few years,” said Riley during the spring. “It's kind of funny how it comes and goes. Sometimes it's probably because of the person. We've had some special people to use with it and De'Mornay (Pierson-El) looks like that kind of guy that can make something exciting happen. I think that sweep play is always going to be something that is part of our identity. There's some other stuff that goes with it that has always been fun to do, and it's nice to see it take shape like that because when it's going it gives you another running weapon in your offense."


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