Banged up Berringer's status for Saturday unclear

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer went through a limited practice on Monday, but it will be Thursday or Friday before it is decided if he will play at Kansas State this weekend, coach Tom Osborne said.

Berringer, who inherited the starting job when Tommie Frazier was lost for the season because of blood clots, has been battered in both of his starts.

He was hospitalized with a partially collapsed left lung after rallying the second-ranked Cornhuskers to a 42-32 victory against Wyoming two weeks ago, then reaggravated the injury in a 32-3 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.

He did not play in the second half after having X-rays at the intermission, and third-stringer Matt Turman, a sophomore walk-on, finished out the victory.

Nebraska relied heavily on its vaunted ground game with Turman at the controls, and running back Lawrence Phillips and the Cornhuskers' offensive line had little trouble controlling play against the Cowboys.

Phillips set career highs with 221 yards rushing and 33 carries. He scored three TDs, two in the decisive third quarter, for the second straight game.

With the quarterback situation still shaky, though, quarterback coach Turner Gill and head coach Tom Osborne have tried to do some recruiting, surprisingly in the Huskers' defensive backfield.

That's where safety Tony Veland, a former No. 1 quarterback at Nebraska, has taken his talents. And, he seems to really like it there.

Veland told the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday night that he'll only go back to offense on one condition.

"I want to be the starter," he said. "There's no doubt about that."