LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska will be without quarterback Tommy Armstrong on Saturday against Purdue with a foot injury. Armstrong had made 22 straight starts for the Huskers. Head coach Mike Riley said Armstrong is dealing with a turf toe like injury.
Making his first career start will be junior Ryker Fyfe, who has made eight appearances and thrown 11 passes the last two seasons.
"I like Ryker, he is going to do fine. He has prepared well from the very start of camp and I'm excited for him." Riley said. "Ryker is not held back by not knowing. It's just experience by playing. He's run all these plays, he's been the sole guy this week to take the first-string reps and get to execute in practice the simulation of Purdue's defense."
Fyfe talked to the media about being ready on Tuesday.
"You got to be mentally sharp for when your name is called," said Fyfe, who took all the first-team reps this week. "It's tough. You have to stay loose."
On the seaon, Armstrong has thrown for 2,052 yards and 16 touchdowns, throwing seven interceptions on 284 attempts.
If the Huskers do focus on a heavy running game against the Boilermakers, they might be in luck. Purdue is currently No. 92 in the nation in total rushing defense.
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