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Nebraska Announces Starting Running Back For Week 1 Game

Shot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers flag at a Nebraska football game.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 08: The Nebraska Cornhuskers flag after a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Due to the current legal situation that Maurice Washington is dealing with, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have dealt with uncertainty at running back. However, all the speculation about which player would be named the Week 1 starter has finally come to an end.

Washington is facing felony charges in California stemming from an explicit video that he allegedly sent to an ex-girlfriend. His next court date in Santa Clara is on Tuesday.

The other option for Nebraska is Dedrick Mills, who spent time at Georgia Tech and Garden City Community College.

Although Washington has more experience in Scott Frost's system, Mills will be the starter for Week 1.

Prior to kickoff, the Cornhuskers ran an intro video on the big screen that announced Mills as the starting running back.

It's a pretty telling sign that he'll be leading the backfield for at least the opening drive.

While the announcement of Mills being the starter is quite significant, the bigger story could be the status of Washington.

Earlier in the week, Frost said that no decision has been made on whether or not Washington will play in the season opener. The sophomore tailback did arrive to Memorial Stadium this morning with his teammates, which may indicate that he'll be available.