Nebraska kicked off game week Monday with head coach Mike Riley holding the first of his regular press conferences.
Some highlights, as Riley talked Fresno State, NU personnel and the Huskers coming off a unique offseason:
>> NU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and offensive line coach will be in the press box this season. Reggie Davis will handle the offensive sideline huddle with Keith Williams out through September.
>> Riley said Fresno State has a good history and won a lot of football games: “We expect talent and speed and athleticism. That’s just been who they’ve been.”
>> Sam Hahn likely is set to start at left guard after the injuries to offensive linemen Jerald Foster and Corey Whitaker. The depth chart included an “or” between Hahn and true freshman Boe Wilson, but there’s a chance that Wilson could still redshirt.
Hahn moved over from right tackle, but Riley said it has been a “pretty seamless move,” helped by the senior’s intelligence and being around a lot of football.
>> Fresno State has both a new offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. Riley said that has put an added twist to Husker preparations for the Bulldogs.
>> True freshman Tre Bryant was listed No. 3 at I-back, behind Terrell Newby and Devine Ozigbo and ahead of Mikale Wilbon. “How they go in will probably be determined by the situation a little bit,” Riley said.
>> Riley said some discussions of a possible redshirt for De’Mornay Pierson-El remained until the receiver looked more like his old self in an Aug. 20 scrimmage. Watching the film that night, Riley said he told the staff: “This guy is going to want to play.”
With Pierson-El healthy, it is possible that NU will redshirt JD Spielman, although Riley said the freshman is on the “alert” list.
>> Cornerback Lamar Jackson is among the true freshmen who will play for sure. It’s gotten to the point, Riley said, where Jackson “has to be on the field” because of what he has showed with his athleticism and instincts.