The Nebraska football team began preparations for their first Big Ten road game of the season with a two hour practice last night. The Huskers are still pretty banged up heading into this Friday’s showdown at Illinois. Running back Tre Bryant, who has missed the last two games, is still questionable. Same for offensive tackle David Knevel. Safety Joshua Kalu, and linebacker Marcus Newby will not play against Illinois. Safety Aaron Williams, who was hurt on the play that resulted in his ejection for targeting Saturday, should be available Friday. The Huskers and Fighting Illini are set to kickoff Friday night at 7:00 (CT). Visit www.HUSKERMAX.com for more.
The Nebraska volleyball team jumped six spots, to 8th in the latest AVCA Top-25 Poll released yesterday. The Huskers opened Big Ten play on the road last weekend, and swept both Penn State (who were ranked 2nd in last week’s poll) and Rutgers. The Huskers are one of four Big Ten teams in the top ten; Minnesota and Penn State are now tied for third, Wisconsin is 7th. Other Big Ten teams in the rankings include Michigan State (No. 16), Purdue (No. 19) and Michigan (No. 23). The Creighton Bluejays have moved up one spot to 14th in the poll. The Huskers will have a tough test this weekend when they welcome a pair of top ten ranked teams to the Devaney Center. They host 3rd ranked Minnesota Friday, and 7th ranked Wisconsin Saturday.
One other Husker volleyball note; senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Monday, while fellow senior Kelly Hunter was selected as the Big Ten Setter of the Week. Albrecht’s honor is the first of her career. For Hunter it’s her second Big Ten weekly award of the season and the eighth of her career.