NU MEDIA RELATIONS:
Lincoln, Neb. --- The Nebraska football team practiced for 90 minutes Thursday afternoon. Both the defense and offense practiced outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields.
Head Coach Mike Riley met with the media after practice, and started with an injury update.
“Tommy [Armstrong] has not practiced, he has run a little bit. We will continue to monitor it, but we are going forward as if Ryker is starting the game,” Riley said. “The trainer is doubtful that [Tommy Armstrong] will make it to 100 percent by the time we get to the game.”
Riley also mentioned that Tre Bryant had a hamstring pull late last week and is doubtful for the Music City Bowl. http://www.scout.com/college/nebraska/story/1740043-no-gerry-for-bowl
“I’m hoping that Tre, by the time we get to Nashville, will be able to do more. Terrell Newby, who has been hurt, is on his way trending upward in his practice for the last two days limited and today through the whole time pretty well.”
Riley said it is likely that Newby will play and start the bowl game at I-back, and that both Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon will likely see action in the game. Riley also noted that receiver Alonzo Moore has been in and out of practice with an ankle injury, but he is hopeful the senior will play in the bowl game.
Riley went on to discuss two players who will not participate in the Music City Bowl.
“There are two players ineligible for the bowl, one of them is Boaz Joseph and the other is Nate Gerry. Their eligibility has nothing to do with team rules.” Riley clarified said. “They didn’t do anything behavior wise or anything in violation of the rules.”
Riley revealed his strategy for bowl game prep.
“I do know you have to have a combination of the preparation for teams. The knowledge of what they are doing. What they do defensively and offensively with scout team. You have to stay sharp with speed in practice. Basically rotate it every day, playing Tennessee or focusing on speed.”
The football team will practice again Friday as they prepare for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30. The Huskers will take Christmas Eve off, before departing for Nashville on Christmas afternoon. The game with Tennessee will kick off at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN.