Spano lost for the year

Nebraska went into full pads for the first time this Fall. But it was absent one key player. A player who will be absent for the rest of the season.

Just by the fact that he'd been here for over a year, redshirt freshman Kody Spano was considered the favorite for number two going into the Spring. However, an ACL tear toward the end of Spring brought up speculation as to whether he would be back in time for Fall Camp, and even if he was, what kind of shape he'd be in.

That question now becomes moot, because Spano is once again out, tearing his ACL again, the same knee, and Head Coach Bo Pelini simply hopes to have him back for Winter Conditioning, but his concern was for Spano himself. "I feel bad for him," he said. "But he's been around football his whole life. These things happen. You persevere and move on."

Previously not on the 105-man roster, true freshman Ron Kellogg Jr. was brought in as an added arm to fill in the gap lost in regard to reps during the course of practice. While Pelini hadn't talked to Kellogg himself as of yet, he was confident that he would be fine. "I have not had a chance to talk to him, but he's here. He was at practice today, and I am sure he'll do a good job," Pelini said.

Also on the injury front, sophomore cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and junior offensive lineman Ricky Henry did not suit up for the second day in a row. Pelini said that he expects both back very soon.

If you are following the recent activity instilled by the Head Coach just two days ago, you will know that between upperclassmen and the players who just arrived, one player is picked to carry a ball with them at all times throughout a day.

The areas where that ball is off limits are limited to practice, of course, along with lifting and interviews with the media.

For its debut it was freshman running back Rex Burkhead who handled the ball, and managed to get through the entire day of classes and what not without surrendering it to an upperclassmen. Yesterday it was junior running back Quentin Castille. Castille also maintained possession of the ball, which, according to Castille, is the theme as to how this event came to be. "It's just about ball security. You have to win the turnover battle," he said. Castille said that he actually slept with the ball, fearful that someone was going to take it from him if he didn't.

It's unclear, though, just who has the ball right now, though, one player speculated that he thought freshman offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles had the dubious honor this time around.

We'll keep following it to see how that transpires.

Stay tuned for audio with Defensive Ends Coach John Papuchis. His name has been all over in regard to recruiting, the second-year assistant coming off as more machine than man as it seems recruiting never stops with him. You know what? It doesn't, as you will hear from him as he talks about his philosophies in trying to lure the best and brightest to play for the Big Red.

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