Bo met with the media today via the Big 12
Teleconference. Two of the bigger issues were his starting quarterback,
freshman Taylor Martinez as well as junior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Martinez
was initially thought to have been sidelined in the Missouri game with a knee
injury. But Bo said today that it was an ankle injury.
He also said that Martinez probably wouldn’t
practice today, but he was much better today than he was over the weekend. The
same can be said about Dennard, who Pelini said suffered a concussion against
Missouri as a result of his own teammate, sophomore Courtney Osborne running
into him on a play. Dennard will probably not practice today, but his status
this week is day-to-day.
Earlier in the Big 12 Teleconference,
Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel said that he had submitted a tape to the league
for review of a play where Osborne hit Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The
hit appeared to be helmet-to-helmet, though, the actual contact between the two
helmets could be interpreted as much a byproduct of Gabbert ducking as he was
about to get hit as it may be looked at as a flagrant hit by Osborne.
When asked about the hit, Pelini said that
he thought it was a “good” hit.
This last weekend Husker linebacker Eric Martin was the first player to be suspended by the league this year for a hit
deemed to be flagrant. He’s expected to be back for the Iowa State game this
Click the following links for the full press conference audio with Pelini and Rhoads
Bo Pelini - Listen to Audio
Paul Rhoads - Listen to Audio
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