After missing the first four games of the season with a broken foot, Nebraska sophomore All-American De'Mornay Pierson-El is questionable for this weekend against Illinois.
An All-American punt returner as a true freshman in 2014, Pierson-El was expected to be a featured receiver in new head coach Mike Riley's system this year.
Pierson-El will likely be limited both in practices and this Saturday if he plays. Pierson-El was seen leaving the practice field multiple times last week with cleats in his hands, meaning he likely worked out.
Pierson-El recorded 34 returns for 596 yards (17.5 average) and three touchdowns in 2015. He also had 23 catches for 354 yards and touchdowns as a receiver.
The staff was excited for his possible contributions in the jet-sweep heading into the 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."