Nebraska will suspend five players for the season opener against BYU, new head coach Mike Riley confirmed, but the names of those players will not be shared by Riley at this time. Riley said “it will become obvious as the kickoff occurs,” when asked for clarification in which players will be suspended for Nebraska’s season opener in Lincoln against BYU.
Word of the suspensions broke via a profile piece from The Portland Tribune, in which Riley asked about players that will not be available for the first game of the season. The story revealed five players will be suspended, one of which was reported to be a starting defensive player. The names of those players, however, were left out of the feature.
Nebraska will already have their hands full with a decent BYU, and losing a defensive starter would make things slightly more difficult, regardless of the player and position. Nebraska hosts BYU on Saturday, September 5 to open the new season.
BYU will also be playing through some suspensions. Linebacker Sione Takitaki has been suspended by the Cougars following misdemeanor theft charges. BYU is also expected to discipline some players for the season opener as a result of last year’s Miami Beach Bowl Brawl against Memphis. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall has remained silent on which players will be disciplined and to what degree that could entail, but suspensions served in the season opener would seem to be pretty standard. Memphis suspended 12 players.