Arkansas State vs. Nebraska, 9/2/17

Nebraska running back Tre Bryant (18) is chased down the sideline by Arkansas State defensive back Justin Clifton on Sept. 2.


Let's do this.

1. Nebraska sophomore running back Tre Bryant's playing status remains a "real mystery," Husker head coach Mike Riley said Monday.

You remember Bryant, right?

It seems like a long time ago when he was churning out yards -- 299 of them in this season's first two games. But he's since been sidelined by a knee issue that dates to his high school days in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bryant may try to practice this week. But Riley acknowledged that a medical redshirt has become a possibility.

"We're going to be really careful with every decision we make about Tre Bryant," Riley said.

In other injury news:

* Running back Mikale Wilbon (ankle), who sat out Saturday's loss to Wisconsin, is feeling better. "We'll see what kind of work he can do today (in practice)," Riley said.

* Safety Aaron Williams has a "soft tissue" injury in his neck and won't practice today.

* Safety Antonio Reed injured his knee early in the game against Wisconsin. "I'd say at this time he's questionable (for Ohio State) leaning toward doubtful for the weekend," Riley said.

* Right tackle David Knevel (foot and ankle) "should be the healthiest he's been for awhile today in practice," Riley said.

* Joshua Kalu (hamstring), Marcus Newby (hamstring) and Chris Jones (knee) made it through the game in good shape health-wise, the coach said.

2. I have very good news for Nebraska fans who are finicky about announcers for TV games.

Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play and Joel Klatt will be the color analyst for the Ohio State game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Doesn't get much better than that.

3. Washington coach Chris Petersen strongly dislikes all the late kickoff times for his team's games this season, and made his feelings known last week.

Kirk Herbstreit took exception with Petersen's comments.

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I'm with Petersen on this one. There's a certain haughtiness that applies to TV executives who have the power to make teams play at essentially any time. Glad to see Petersen isn't kowtowing to big-money TV -- yes, even though it helps pay his salary.

4. Regarding Nebraska's game against Ohio State on Saturday night:

My reaction? It's a reasonable spread. I can envision Ohio State winning 38-14. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) have been playing like a team on a mission since losing 31-16 to then-No. 5 Oklahoma on Sept. 9 at the Horseshoe. 

By the way, Oklahoma won the 2004 game against Nebraska 30-3 in Norman, Oklahoma.

5. I think Texas Christian athletic director Chris Del Conte fits the profile of the type of athletic director that Nebraska might desire. That is, a Power Five A.D. who has ample experience.

But Del Conte evidently won't be the man despite rumors Sunday to the contrary. He was asked via Twitter if there were any truth to the rumors.

6. Man, that face mask ...

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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