Five burning questions heading into Wisconsin week

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online
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Associated Press

1. Will Bryant be back?

Nebraska’s running game has done pretty well the past two weeks despite being without its best all-around back in Tre Bryant, who’s been out since the second half at Oregon with a knee injury.

However, there’s a chance the standout sophomore, who recored back-to-back 100-yard games to start the year prior to being sidelined, could return to action this week against Wisconsin.

Depending on Bryant’s status, there could be a question of what the Huskers will do with their running back rotation once he returns.

The two-headed attack of Mikale Wilbon and Devine Ozigbo has done NU well in back-to-back Big Ten victories, especially with keeping both players fresh to close out games on the ground in the fourth quarter.

But Bryant was the clear No. 1 to open the season for a reason, and he lived up to that billing with his play the first six quarters of the year. So it’s no guarantee that Nebraska will stick with a committee approach if he’s full strength.

That said, the staff might also opt to take some of the workload off Bryant’s shoulders - more specifically his problematic knee - and stick with a rotation of him, Wilbon and Ozigbo.

2. Is Jones ready to return? 

After missing all of fall camp and the first five games of the regular season due to a knee injury he suffered during summer workouts, there is a growing hope that star cornerback Chris Jones could be back in action this week.

Shortly after his injury was announced, Jones tweeted that he would return to the field well before the projected four-to-six month recovery timeframe set for him.

The senior was able to put on a helmet and run through some non-contact drills last week, and on Sunday he again took to Twitter for the most positive update yet.

Could the Huskers be getting back one of their best overall defensive players just in time for a huge primetime showdown vs. division rival Wisconsin?

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