Huskers suffer first major injury blow
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[rl]The Nebraska football team has been relatively injury free during head coach Mike Riley's first Fall Camp.
However, on Wednesday Riley delivered a bomb shell with the news that pre-season All-Big Ten and All-American punt return and wide receiver candidate De'Mornay Pierson-El will miss multiple games with a foot injury.
In a statement Riley said Pierson-El suffered a foot injury on Tuesday that will cause him to miss the next six to eight weeks. Riley also announced that freshman wide receiver LaVan Alston will also miss the entire 2015 season with a knee injury.
Pierson-El was back in action for this past Saturday's scrimmage, and he took part in both Monday and Tuesday's practices. In fact in Saturday's scrimmage quarterback Tommy Armstrong connected with him for a 46-yard touchdown.
The loss of Pierson-El is a major hit for the Huskers with what he provides not only in the return game, but in an all-purpose role with the offense.
With Pierson-El's absence don't be surprised if junior Brandon Reilly moves out to his "Y receiver" position going forward, while junior Jordan Westerkamp will remain at the slot and both Alonzo Moore and Stanley Morgan Jr. take on the "X receiver" duties.
As a freshman Pierson-El had 596 punt return yards on 34 attempts, including three returned for touchdowns. He also had 23 catches for 321 yards and four touchdowns at wide receiver, including eight catches for 102 yards and one touchdown against USC in the Holiday Bowl.
The Sporing News, Phil Steele and Athlon named him a 2015-preseason All-American over the summer.
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