Game week begins as Nebraska prepares to host Arkansas State on Saturday. Mike Riley begins his third season as head coach and likes the potential of an offense that will be led by new starting quarterback Tanner Lee.
“I’m excited and at the same time it is one of those things we have got to go out and do it”, said Riley. “Efficiency for me is the number one goal right now.”
The Huskers have experience at running back and the offensive line and Riley feels they have the playmakers needed to be successful.
“I think we can do a good job, not hurt ourselves and get the ball to those guys”, added Riley. I think we have good guys positioned at each spot.”
The Huskers elected five captains over the week. Senior Fullback Luke McNitt, Lee and junior guard Jerald Foster will represent the offense. Senior linebacker Chris Weber and senior safety Joshua Kalu will represent the Blackshirt defense.
A native of Kearney, Neb., McNitt has been one of Nebraska’s top special teams performers throughout his NU career and is in his second season as the starting fullback. He was placed on scholarship earlier this week. Lee is set to make his first Nebraska start on Saturday night after beginning his career at Tulane, where he was the Green Wave’s starting quarterback for two seasons.
A Lincoln native, Foster is part of a strong group of returning offensive linemen for the Huskers. Foster battled through a knee injury last season to start the final four games of his sophomore campaign.
On defense, Weber is a fifth-year senior and a product of Elkhorn High School. An academic All-America candidate, Weber will anchor the middle of the Nebraska linebacker corps this fall. Kalu has made 28 career starts in the secondary for Nebraska and has 168 tackles. After lining up at cornerback the past three seasons, he is slated to start at safety this fall.