There's a change coming at punt returner, coach Bo Pelini said Monday, as junior wide receiver Jamal Turner will be replaced by either redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp or true freshman I-back Terrell Newby.
“Jamal has struggled,” Pelini said. “He really finished off last year and did a really good job by the end of the year. I thought he got really comfortable. He's been getting all the rugby punts. He's had some difficult situations that have been thrown at him in the first couple weeks. I think his confidence is maybe a little bit shaken back there. We're going to take that off his shoulders.”
Pelini: Martinez can run better
Pelini said quarterback Taylor Martinez — who was wearing a walking boot on his left foot after the UCLA game — was healthy heading into Saturday's game. Pelini agreed that Martinez didn't run the ball as well as he could have.
“I thought he was hesitant,” Pelini said. “At the end of the day, Taylor needs to play better than he did the other day. That starts with the details. That starts with running the football with conviction. It's as simple as that.”
Dennard admits violation
Former Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard admitted in a hearing Monday that he violated the probation attached to his felony assault sentence during a July 11 DUI arrest.
Lancaster County Court judge Gwen Stacy set Dennard's sentencing hearing for Dec. 5. Dennard, who starts for the New England Patriots, may receive a sentence on top of the 30 days he's already scheduled to serve next spring on the assault conviction.
Dennard said he'd had two beers several hours before the DUI stop and admittedly struggled to say the alphabet backward when an officer asked him to.
“I have a hard time doing that right now,” Dennard said in court.
Prosecutors said Dennard's car straddled the center line of the road, and he refused to blow properly into the Breathalyzer. Prosecutors said officers eventually did get partial samples of a .107 blood-alcohol content level in Dennard's car and .153 at detox.
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