Huskers DaiShon Neal, Michael Rose-Ivey, Mohamed Barry kneel during national anthem

CHICAGO – Three Husker players knelt during the playing of the national anthem before Saturday’s game against Northwestern.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Mohamed Barry, senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey and redshirt freshman defensive end DaiShon Neal all took a knee and locked arms.

Those players are following other protests that have been made during the playing of the anthem before football games in response to a series of police shootings of African-Americans nationwide. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to take a knee during the anthem, and several players and teams have followed suit with similar displays since.

Rose-Ivey has been particularly outspoken about the topic on Twitter.

Two Lincoln Southeast players have knelt during the anthem before every game this season. Former Omaha U quarterback Marlin Briscoe, the first black player to start at that position in the NFL, also commented on the matter earlier this week.

Four other Huskers helped hold a big American flag on the field during the pregame festivities. They were junior kicker Drew Brown, sophomore wide receiver Zack Darlington, senior offensive lineman Sam Hahn and sophomore offensive lineman Nick Gates.