Nebraska loses 3 projected starting defensive players for the season, in 2 days

Submitted by orobs on August 9th, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Projected starting nickel corner Charles Jackson gets season ending Knee surgery


Then, projected starter leroy alexander gets suspended for the year for undisclosed reasons.


Then, projected starting middle linebacker is gone for the year with an ACL tear


All in the span of 48 hours





August 9th, 2014 at 8:51 AM ^

This affect our choice of uniforms when we play them in 2037? I assume that is probably the next time they will be on the schedule, right?


August 9th, 2014 at 8:58 AM ^

The overall vibe of the comments over there, of course, were perhaps summed up best by the person who titled their post: 

So many words, so little alcohol.

In all seriousness though, that's rough and hopefully Rose-Ivey and Jackson are going to "kill this rehab", as Ivey's tweet claimed (see comment thread on CornNation). Best of luck to them in their respective recoveries. As for Alexander, CornNation got a hold of an e-mail - 

"Nebraska sophomore defensive back LeRoy Alexander has been suspended from competition for the 2014 football season. Alexander will remain on scholarship as a member of the Nebraska football program and will be allowed to practice with the team. Coach Pelini and the Nebraska Athletics Department will have no additional comment on this matter."


August 9th, 2014 at 9:07 AM ^

Nebraska and Pelini are becoming my second favorite team. This is too bad for the players especially. I don't think they're too deep on defense. Good thing for a weak-ish schedule.


August 9th, 2014 at 10:36 AM ^

I talked to one of the trainers last year about the sudden rise in ACL tears.  He informed me that they did a study of these injuries over the years (he's been at M for almost 30 years) and the number of ACL/year has remained almost constant no matter what turf they've played on (astro, grass, field)


August 9th, 2014 at 10:50 AM ^

Injuries so close to the season break my heart.  Just seeing how pumped everyone is for the season, how proud they are of the work they did leading up to it, and then Bam, gone in an instance. Throw in the fact they only get 4 years and the possibility of them losing their position on the depth chart, and it's just almost too depressing to think about. 


August 9th, 2014 at 11:08 AM ^

I hope these players make full recoveries and speedy returns to their team.

Nobody should be injured and it stinks that it happens to anybody.


August 9th, 2014 at 11:33 AM ^

Terrible. Wishing the injured players a full recovery and hoping that the suspended one can get everything together. Hate to see this.


August 9th, 2014 at 4:04 PM ^

 I'm not angry joking nothing after the last few years and our run of ACL tears! I hope they recover quickly and fully. I feel their (Nebraska fans) pain