Several Huskers will miss all or part of spring camp, Scott Frost announced Wednesday at his spring press conference.
Safety JoJo Domann (knee) and outside linebacker Luke Gifford (hip) are out for spring. Center Michael Decker (knee) is likely out for spring. Outside linebacker Sedrick King, center Cole Conrad and running back Tre Bryant (knee) will be limited in some capacity.
At center, Nebraska will have to break in someone new, since Conrad and Decker were the two starters in 2017. Frost didn’t give an immediate name when asked who would play center this spring.
“There’s some guys we can put there,” Frost said. “We’re going to play the best five linemen no matter who they are from tackle to guard to guard to center.”
Bryant’s status, coming off surgery to correct chronic knee issues, is unknown. Frost said he was impressed by Bryant’s play in the two games last season his knees allowed him to play.
Other returning running backs — seniors Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon — “look great,” “quick” and “fast” after winter conditioning workouts. Juco transfer Greg Bell and sophomore Jaylin Bradley are also in the mix.
“We’ll see who takes the offense the best,” Frost said.
Frost said he wants to be “as smart as we possibly can” and limit Bryant’s workload to assist his health, which Frost expects will improve as the spring goes along.
Frost said his offense emphasizes the running game. During Frost’s time at Oregon, the offense produced multiple 1,000-yard rushers, including LaMichael James and Royce Freeman.
“Our offense is always going to be committed to the run first,” Frost said. “To varying degrees, we’ve thrown it and run it depending on our talent, but we can’t go as an offense — and really no offense (can) — if we can’t establish the run … There’s great opportunity for running backs today and in the future. We’ll let those guys battle it out and determine who the best guy is.”