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Northwestern vs. Nebraska, 11/4/17

Northwestern linebacker Brett Walsh (10) tries to catch Nebraska wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (1) during a 2017 game at Memorial Stadium.

Tyjon Lindsey was a prized recruit in Nebraska's class of 2017, a speedy four-star receiver touted by media as someone who could make a major immediate impact.

However, he has only 11 catches for 70 yards (6.4 ypc), and hasn't scored a touchdown, through nine games.

"I think he's had some rookie growing pains, like all rookies do," Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said Monday.

Thing is, Langsdorf saw some great Oregon State receivers -- Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton, for example -- undergo periods of struggle as true freshmen.

"They had their moments, and Tyjon's had some of those things," Langsdorf said. "But he's a sharp kid. He's really mentally into it as well as physically able to handle it. We're always hoping for more production from everybody.

"Hopefully, we can get him the ball in space a little more and get some explosive plays created for him. I feel like he's doing a good job. He's not exactly where he wants to be, but at the same time, for a freshman, he's doing just fine."

Other nuggets from Langsdorf:

* Brenden Jaimes, a true freshman, has started the last six games at right tackle. He initially was thrust into the role because of senior David Knevel's injury issues. But at this point, Jaimes is the starter because he's earned it, according to both Mike Riley and Langsdorf.

"I've been really impressed with how mature he's played," Langsdorf said. "Any time you get a true freshman who's played as many minutes as he has, you're going to have some growing pains in there. And I don't think there have been many."

* Jaimes starts alongside redshirt freshman right guard Matt Farniok. Junior center Cole Conrad's communication skills become particularly important with so much youth on the right side of the line.

* Since carrying 13 times for 60 yards Sept. 29 at Illinois, junior running back Mikale Wilbon has only five carries for eight yards in the last three games (he sat out Oct. 7 against Wisconsin with an ankle injury). True freshman Jaylin Bradley's emergence has contributed to Wilbon's decreased role, as has "not being 100 percent," Langsdorf said.

* Minnesota allowed 371 rushing yards -- on 10.0 per carry -- in a 33-10 loss to Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines peeled off runs of 67 yards and 77 yards.

Yes, Nebraska has taken notice.

"It's something we want to make sure we're geared up for," Langsdorf said of the run game. "I think the weather's going to be a factor -- at least the forecast could be for some crummy weather. And I think runs will be important in that game."

* Langsdorf is putting his quarterbacks through wet-ball drills in case there is precipitation Saturday in Minneapolis. Forecasts call for a 55-percent chance of snow in the morning and freezing rain in the afternoon. Lovely.

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Husker columnist

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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