National experts had high expectations for Nebraska football heading into the season. Several even suggested the team was capable of winning the Big Ten.
But after giving up 24 fourth-quarter points to Colorado en route to a second half collapse, optimism is dwindling in Lincoln, Nebraska. After an injury report from coach Scott Frost on Monday, there’s even more reason to doubt.
Junior safety Deontai Williams is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Williams injured the shoulder against South Alabama in Nebraska’s first game. The safety earned a Blackshirt prior to the start of the season.
Deontai Williams had shoulder surgery and is out indefinitely, Frost says. Usually only makes those announcements when a guy is out for the season. #Huskers
— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) September 9, 2019
This is a big loss for the Cornhuskers. Williams had 23 tackles and two interceptions as a backup in 2018. Entering 2019, he earned a starting role and was expected to be a leader in the secondary. Now, the Cornhuskers will have to find a replacement for him.
Nebraska’s secondary struggled, primarily in the second half, versus Colorado on Saturday. Buffaloes’ quarterback Steven Montez threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Coach Scott Frost and his team will have to regroup quickly if they hope to improve upon a 4-8 year in 2018. Nebraska still has to play No. 6 Ohio State, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 19 Iowa and No. 21 Maryland among others.
Can the Cornhuskers bounce back from their loss to Colorado?