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Jurgens might be on a 'pitch count' Saturday, but speedy recovery has put him in line to start
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Jurgens might be on a 'pitch count' Saturday, but speedy recovery has put him in line to start

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NU football practice, 8.7

Nebraska offensive lineman Cameron Jurgens watches drills from the sideline on Aug. 7 during practice at Hawks Championship Center.

Cameron Jurgens is indeed ready to play Saturday.

He just might not play the entire game.

The redshirt freshman center, whose injury history dates to his senior year of high school, is listed as Nebraska’s No. 1 center on the Week 1 depth chart, just as head coach Scott Frost said he would be late last week.

The timeline for Jurgens’ return surprised even the NU coaching staff.

“Cam has done a great job in his rehab,” Frost said. “We weren’t really expecting to have him (back) until a couple weeks into the season. He healed up pretty quick, got out onto the field faster than we thought, and made an impact faster than we thought once he got out there.

“We might keep him on a pitch count early on, just to make sure we aren’t overloading him too fast. But he has a chance to be a pretty good player.”

Jurgens is listed at 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds and has drawn rave reviews for his athleticism and natural ability snapping the ball.

Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez said he has confidence in both Jurgens and fellow redshirt freshman Will Farniok, who is the logical candidate to share time with Jurgens if he does see limited time early in the season.

“Cam’s a fighter,” Martinez said. “That’s a spot I’m not worried about whatsoever. (Offensive line coach Greg Austin) does a great job with those guys and whoever’s playing. No matter what, they’re going to get in there and fight for the team. Will Farniok’s been doing a great job too, and Cam’s had to overcome a lot so I’m just real proud of those guys in there. He’ll be ready.”

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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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