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Nebraska loses projected OL starter Foster to knee injury

November 28, 2014: A Nebraska helmet during a Big Ten Conference football game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Nebraska beat Iowa in overtime, 37-34.
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Nebraska is down an offensive lineman. Coach Mike Riley announced Friday that sophomore Jerald Foster is out for the season with a knee injury.

Foster was injured in practice Wednesday and the initial report was that he suffered a sprained MCL and would miss a month. Further examination and tests revealed the more severe injury that will shelve Foster for the season.

“We’re really disappointed for a number of reasons, and first of all, Jerald had just put in a ton of work,” Riley said Friday. “He was so invested into getting to where he was. So we will miss him.”

The Huskers had hoped that Foster, a 6-foot-3, 310-pounder,would be able to step in as the starter at left guard. He saw playing time in 13 games last season as a reserve. Last year’s starter at that position, senior Dylan Utter, moved to center.

Two of the candidates to take over for Foster have no game experience. Freshman Boe Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 295-pounder, and redshirt freshman Jalin Barnett could wind up as the starter. Another candidate is senior Corey Whitaker, who can play any spot on the offensive line. Whitaker, though, is expected to miss the next two weeks after arthroscopic surgery. Nebraska opens the season Sept. 3 against Fresno State.

Nebraska averaged nearly 33 points a game in its first season under coach Mike Riley and returns most of its play makers. However, the offensive line must replace four starters – and with Utter moving to center, all five line positions will have new players.

The Huskers’ offensive line has a total of 24 career starts.

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