What Mike Riley said after Nebraska’s Thursday practice

The final practice of the week took place for Nebraska on Thursday as the team is getting ready for its game against Ohio State on Saturday.

After the Cornhuskers went through its final preparation — with contact — on the field, coach Mike Riley talked with the media and talked about both Ohio State and his own team.

Riley on freshman OL Brenden Jaimes:

“I’ll tell you what, this kid is a tough-minded young player on the offensive line. It’s pretty impressive. He hasn’t really blinked, he just goes in and plays. He’s smart, and he fights, and he’s got great athletic ability. We all might have liked to see him red shirt and put on twenty pounds but we didn’t have that luxury. He was the next man in line and we’re proud of what he’s done. I actually think Brendan will get better as we go with the playing.”

Riley on Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett:

“You’ve got to really, really be sound in all the parts, whether they’re runs for him, whether they’re passes and he runs, whether he passes and he moves and extends the play. Everyone’s got to stay in coverage, everybody’s got to take good pursuit angles, and then when you got a chance everyone’s got to be a good tackler. This will be a space tackling game, guys are going to have to make plays, guys are going to have to be right, right in position, put themselves in a good spot to make a play.”

Riley on the running back situation for the Cornhuskers:

“Well, we’re fortunate, when we first started talking about running backs in fall camp I made note that we have three and maybe four very capable backs. The fourth is Jaylin Bradley who kind of has emerged through camp and into the season and is not redshirting. That’s a good thing, one time we were getting him some carries and I hope we can continue to do that. We were fortunate that we had such good competition, and I made a note that we had better backs than we did a year ago and they’re all the same guys. I believe that, so when first Mikale then Devine stepped in, I think that they did a nice job and we’d feel good about our chance to be successful with them playing.”

The Cornhuskers will have a walk through on Friday for its final preparation against the No. 9-ranked team in the country. Nebraska will enter with a 3-3 overall record and is coming off a 38-17 loss to Wisconsin.

Ohio State is 5-1 on the season and has gone 4-0 since losing to Oklahoma in its second game of the season. The Buckeyes have beaten its last four opponents by a combined score of 210-42.

The contest is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised on FS1.

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