LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska junior running back Terrell Newby has been hobbled the last two Nebraska contests with an ankle injury. A bye week has Newby healthier and looking like he could be full-go against Iowa on Black Friday.
But what about senior Imani Cross? The bruiser running back has 188 yards in his last two games – rushing for nearly five yards a carry.
“I’ve been thinking about that and I knew that was going to be asked,” said head coach Mike Riley. “My guess is, that if he (Newby) is truly healthy and can play like he can play, that he will play and we will probably find ways to rotate them…A very, very important part of this game will be us running the football and Imani has done a really nice job for us.”
Never the feature back in Lincoln, Cross has registered at least 55 carries in all four seasons at Nebraska. With just 13 yards against Iowa, the former Georgia prep would become just the 38th player in Husker history to record at least 1,500 yards in his career.
“He’s incredible,” said Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong. “He came in with my class. I always told him, ‘just look for your chance to shine.’ He’s always one of those guys that’s working after practice, before practice, just to get those extra reps in.
“You can tell he has the urgency to run a little bit harder, cut, things like that. He runs with a purpose and it shows out there on the field. He earns every yard he gets. He plays with a lot of emotion. When he gets first downs and he moves the chains in certain situations in the game, he lets the crowd know, lets the fans know that he’s here to play for the team, play for them. It’s incredible seeing him out there doing what he’s doing, because I’ve seen him since my freshman year work to this point and him getting his chance to actually go out there and do it and prove it, it makes me proud as a quarterback.”
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