Nebraska vs. Penn State, 11/18/17

The ball is out of reach for Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman (10) in the first half at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

GWYNETH ROBERTS, Journal Star

When the Huskers began practice on Tuesday afternoon, redshirt freshman receiver JD Spielman was in sweats.

It’s not a shock, as head coach Mike Riley said Monday that Spielman would likely be limited early in the week after reinjuring his shoulder early on against Penn State. It didn’t keep the Eden Prairie, Minnesota native from catching six passes for 96 yards, but it did prompt Riley to remove him from kick return duty.

Freshman running back Jaylin Bradley, who averaged 27 yards on three kick returns against PSU, was outside in windy conditions fielding kicks while the team was stretching.

Junior running back Devine Ozigbo (ankle) warmed up in pads but left the practice field afterward and appeared headed for a limited afternoon.

Junior safety Aaron Williams (neck) was in pads and sporting a different, higher-rising neck roll than he wore last week.

* Senior tight end Tyler Hoppes said his last game has come up on him fast, even in a trying fall.  

"Time kind of flies by fast," he said. "The season's been long, hasn't been the way we wanted it to go, but we're planning on going out on a good note." 

* Linebackers coach Trent Bray gave a brief scouting report on Iowa's offense, which accounted for 48 of UI's 55 points against Ohio State but since then has managed just 13 over the past two games. 

"They're big and physical, a typical Iowa team," Bray said. "That's Big Ten football, that's college football. You see them dominate Ohio State and then unfortunately they lost to Purdue last weekend, but it's whatever team shows up. They are physical, tough. They want to run the ball and run it right downhill at you. They're a good group of offensive linemen and big skill players -- tight ends, fullbacks, running backs -- they're a complete unit." 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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