LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's defense took another major hit on Saturday with coach Bo Pelini's announcement that middle linebacker Michael Rose would have knee surgery and miss the season.
Rose, hurt in a noncontact drill Friday, is the third key member of the defense in three days to be ruled out for the season.
The Huskers learned Thursday that they would be without nickel back Charles Jackson because of a knee injury, and on Friday the athletic department announced safety LeRoy Alexander was suspended for the season.
"Our team morale is fine," Pelini said. "I feel for those kids. As far as us going forward, we have a lot of good players, we've got a lot of good competition. We'll be just fine."
Rose set a school freshman record with 66 tackles last season. He made at least seven tackles in each of the last five games. He was competing with Josh Banderas for the starter's job.
Freshman quarterback Zack Darlington had contact for the first time since suffering a concussion early in his senior season at Apopka. Darlington enrolled at Nebraska in January. Pelini said getting hit was not a big deal to Darlington, who was rated one of the nation's top quarterback prospects before his injury.
georgia: Freshman tailback Nick Chubb ran for 52 yards and Hutson Mason, entering his first full season as the starting quarterback after former Plant High star Aaron Murray was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, completed 10 of 13 passes for 104 yards in the team's first preseason scrimmage.
Notre Dame: The team will be without receiver Torii Hunter Jr. for 4-6 weeks because of a Grade 3 groin tear, coach Brian Kelly said. The son of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter entered the Irish's first on-campus practice walking with one crutch. The 6-foot, 190-pounder redshirted last season while recovering from a leg injury suffered during his high school career. The Prosper, Texas, native entered school as an ESPN four-star prospect, ranked as the nation's No. 12 receiver and No. 95 player overall for the Class of 2013.