Rutgers vs. Nebraska, 9/23/17

Nebraska offensive linemen Brenden Jaimes (76) and Tanner Farmer (63) block for quarterback Tanner Lee (13) against Rutgers.


Nebraska football coach Mike Riley describes right tackle Brenden Jaimes as a tough-minded player.

He's had no choice but to be tough-minded, considering he's a true freshman battling against Big Ten veteran linemen.

Jaimes likely will make his fourth straight start Saturday night against ninth-ranked Ohio State, which boasts one of the nation's most highly regarded defensive lines.

Senior tackle David Knevel, slowed by foot and ankle injuries, has practiced some this week.

However, "Right now, it looks like Jaimes will start unless something changes," Riley said following Thursday's practice.

In a perfect world, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Jaimes, of Austin, Texas, would've redshirted this season and put on about 20 pounds.

"We didn't have that luxury," Riley said. "He was the next man in line, and we're proud of what he's done. I actually think Brenden will just get better as we go."

A few other nuggets from Riley:

* Running back Mikale Wilbon (ankle) will return to action Saturday night after missing the Wisconsin game.

However, Tre Bryant (knee) will miss his fifth straight game. "He actually put the gear on today and practiced a little bit and then wasn't able to continue," the coach said.

* Safety Antonio Reed (knee) is ruled out, Riley said, and fellow safety Aaron Williams (neck) is questionable.

* Reserve receiver Bryan Reimers injured his ankle Wednesday and likely won't play.

Our Parker Gabriel will have a full rundown in the Red Report.

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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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