Banderas returns for 10 tackle performance against Minnesota

After dealing with a groin injury, Nebraska got a big boost from linebacker Josh Banderas on Saturday.

Nebraska junior linebacker Josh Banderas hasn't had the season he hoped for. 

After impressing many of his critics during fall camp, Banderas has battled a groin injury that had kept him out of four of the Huskers' six games. Even against BYU and Miami, Banderas wasn't 100 percent healthy. 

The junior returned to the field on Saturday against Minnesota, posting a game-high 10 tackles out of the base defense. The staff elected to keep the Nebraska native out of NICKEL situations to bring him back slowly. 

"It was huge," said Banderas. "Even if I was able to only get on the field for one two plays, I was going to be happy to be able to go out and help anyway I can." 

As Banderas took questions from the media on Saturday afternoon, his defensive coordinator Mark Banker could be heard walking behind reporters yelling, "Banderas is back. Banderas is back." 

"He had a thump on the quarterback," said Banker. "Chris Weber has done a great job, but it was great to have him (Banderas) back." 

Listen to the junior talk to reporters after the game in the video above. 

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