Despite Nebraska’s blowout victory against Florida Atlantic in the season opener, many Husker fans still had cause for concern at the end of the first Saturday of the college football season.
The team’s star defensive player, defensive end Randy Gregory, played just one series before sitting out the rest of Nebraska’s 55-7 victory with ice taped around his left knee.
Following the contest, Pelini said the junior standout is “probably day-to-day” and likely could have returned to the game, if needed.
Gregory is listed as day-to-day. Pelini would not elaborate about what Gregory’s injury might be.
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“He probably could have went back in the game,” Pelini told reporters, “but we decided not to.”
Gregory, who had 10.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2013, was a preseason All-American and is an expected top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
“Obviously I want Randy to play,” Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis said. “He’s certainly one of our best players, but also there’s something to be said for having an opportunity to find out about some of your other guys, especially early in the year.”
Nebraska had little need for strong defensive play yesterday, though, as the Huskers set a Big Ten record for most offensive yards in a game with 784. Senior running back Ameer Abdullah led the way with 232 yards and a touchdown.
Pelini’s squad hosts McNeese State next Saturday.