LINCOLN — Coach Mike Riley said his team incurred no additional injuries this week and will also have the services of wide receiver Stanley Morgan and defensive back Antonio Reed for the season opener against Arkansas State on Saturday night, despite the duo’s offseason citations for marijuana possession in Florida.

Morgan and Reed, both juniors, had the charges dropped. After practice Thursday afternoon inside Memorial Stadium, Riley said both have earned the chance to play in the opener.

“Stanley Morgan and Antonio Reed went through an extensive period of time doing what they were supposed to do, and it wasn’t just the extensive time period,” Riley said. “What they did, they had to do and spend time with it. They will not miss any time playing in the games.”

Riley also said wideout Keyan Williams will sit out Saturday’s contest with a nagging hamstring injury but had no new injuries to report ahead of kickoff.

Practice schedules set

Nebraska has settled into a routine for what its in-season practice rhythm will be. It also will try something new on game days that feature late kickoffs.

Riley said the times and lengths of practices will stay with what they have been the previous two weeks, with workouts generally ending between 5 and 6 p.m.

With a 7 p.m. start Saturday, the coach said NU wants a more “dynamic morning” for players than in past years, when there was more waiting around at the team hotel.

“We have learned in college football through the years that nothing is normal anymore,” Riley said. “So you try to teach your team that that is exactly the case.”

Mystery continues in backfield

The question of who will take the first snap at running back for Nebraska appears destined to last until game day.

Riley said during Monday’s press conference he wasn’t ready to name names. He was asked Thursday if he would shed further light on who would be the Huskers’ starter.

“Yes. That’s it,” Riley said. “That’s the light I’m going to shed. We will start a running back. I can’t tell you because I haven’t told the kids. I’m sorry about that.”

Devine Ozigbo, Mikale Wilbon and Tre Bryant are listed as tri-No. 1s on the depth chart.

Quick hits

» Riley said the “non-dramatic” camp is the players’ way of showing how committed they are to the program. “And what I say about that, I think it gives you your best opportunity,” Riley said. “It does not guarantee anything — you gotta go play now.”

» Riley called backup nose tackle Deontre Thomas “a very good curveball” to the 3-4 defense after NU initially recruited the true freshman to fit the 4-3 scheme. He said fellow true freshman and No. 3 nose tackle Damion Daniels has been preparing as if he will see time. “We expect him to be game ready,” Riley said of the 6-foot-2, 310-pound Daniels.

» Sophomore punter Caleb Lightbourn has improved his kicking consistency, Riley said, which is a “big change” from a year ago. Added the coach: “I’m also excited for him because I think he’s really talented and I think he’s worked hard at it and I think we’re going to see a good, consistent year from Caleb.”

» Riley said one offseason point of emphasis has been coaches leaving the sideline to complain about a call and that he’ll be aware of it.

» On his “Sports Nightly” radio show Thursday evening, Riley confirmed true freshman fullback Ben Miles will redshirt this season. He said junior Austin Rose (a Lincoln North Star product) is on multiple special-teams units and will see the field if starter Luke McNitt is ever unable to play.

» Nebraska plans to do something — Riley didn’t specify what — to honor Wendy Anderson on Saturday. The wife of Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson received a cancer-free diagnosis Thursday after breast cancer surgery.

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