LINCOLN — Starting Nebraska defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg will miss Saturday’s game against Wyoming after tweaking the same knee he hurt at the end of last season.
Coach Mike Riley said Stoltenberg will require arthroscopic surgery, which could bring him back as quickly as the Oregon game. Another Husker, offensive lineman Corey Whitaker, got a scope on his knee two weeks before the season opener against Fresno State and played against the Bulldogs. The injury to Stoltenberg’s knee did not involve contact.
Redshirt freshman Carlos Davis will replace Stoltenberg in the starting lineup. Davis is explosive, Riley said, and will play hard. Carlos' twin brother, Khalil, may also see significant snaps, Riley intimated. Nebraska didn't have enough prep time, Riley said, to switch to a three-man line for the Wyoming game. It'll stick with his four-man base. Other potential defensive linemen to play include senior Logan Rath and sophomore Peyton Newell.
Other quick notes:
>> Sophomore safety Antonio Reed will return after missing the season opener with a knee tweak. Reed is an option in Nebraska's dime package, too.
>> De'Mornay Pierson-El will return punts, replacing Jordan Westerkamp, who struggled in the season opener. Riley called NU's punt-return efforts on Monday a "cartoon." On Thursday he called them a "circus."
>> Fifth-year senior Sam Hahn will get his second straight start at left guard.
>> Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh will return to the sideline after spending the season opener next to offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf in the coaches' box.