Troy vs. Nebraska, 9/15/18

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez greets fans during the unity walk before Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium.

Saturday's season opener is so close you can smell it. Or is that the breakfast links?

Days until kickoff vs. South Alabama: 2.

The latest line: Huskers by 36.

What's coming up: Nebraska coach Scott Frost will meet with reporters following Thursday morning's practice.

Morning buzz(words)

Forecast: Hey, we don't blame you if you're a little rattled when you see a little lightning bolt on the Saturday forecast. The most recent forecast includes a chance for a small storm at about 6 a.m. There is a 20% chance of rain by kickoff. Bottom line, we'll see football at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

D Wade: Look who wants to check out the Huskers' Sept. 27 Nebraska basketball opening night event at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Your morning omelette

JD Spielman has quietly gone about his business during preseason preparations, but Husker fans hope he's quite the opposite on the field this year.

The junior wideout shared a bulk of the receptions with Stanley Morgan over the past two seasons. Now Spielman is the go-to guy in Scott Frost's offense.

Despite being slowed by a few injuries, Spielman has posted some impressive numbers in two seasons.

His career average of 78.5 receiving yards per game ranks second in the country among active receivers. He trails only Rondale Moore of Purdue (96.8).

Spielman also is third nationally among nonsenior wideouts in receiving yards with 1,648, trailing only Oklahoma junior CeeDee Lamb (1,965) and Nevada junior McLane Mannix (1,653).

Opponent watch

No one was questioning Iowa in the trenches this offseason. Or its quarterback.

The loss of tight ends Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, however, raised questions about Iowa's talent at the skill positions.

The Hawkeyes' offense received a big lift Wednesday when wide receiver Oliver Martin had his waiver approved, opening the door for the former heralded recruit to play this season.

Martin, an Iowa native, spent his first two seasons at Michigan. Despite transferring within the conference, Martin got the the green light to be immediately eligible.

Breakfast links

How about a side of scouting report with your breakfast links? Chris Basnett breaks down South Alabama.

A lot of eyes will be on No. 26 on Saturday, writes Steven M. Sipple:

Bill Moos spoke Wednesday night, hitting on several topics, including facilities.

Two Huskers have been suspended, the coaching staff announced Wednesday.

Wednesday's Red Report hits on several topics.

The Husker Extra crew previews the season opener.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.


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