Husker running back Roy Helu missed practice yesterday. Head Coach Bo Pelini says Helu just didn’t feel well and that he could have practiced, but they sent him home. One rumor that spread quickly was that the flu bug hit the team. Pelini responded by saying that was news to him.
In fact, there were some academic things that needed to be cleared up as well on the team. Two other players who missed practice were starting center Jacob Hickman and tight end Ben Cotton. So for now, Pelini says no flu bug.
The Cornhuskers rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at just seven points a game, and it starts up front on the defensive line. They’ve held opponents to just 115.4 yards rushing a game. Production for Mizzou tailback Derrick Washington has dropped quite a bit. A year ago, Washington was averaging 6.8 yards per carry with eight touchdowns. This year, just two scores and his average down all the way to 4.4 yards. I know a lot of fans will be watching to see how Blaine Gabbert does against the team he snubbed, but the true battle will be Missouri’s offensive line against the NU defensive line and with heavy showers in the forecast tomorrow night in Columbia, does the running game come more into focus.