What's new: Nebraska cornerback Ralph Brown was named Tuesday as one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation's top defensive back. Brown, a senior from Hacienda Heights, Calif., is the only Big 12 player on the list. Three finalists will be announced Nov. 22, and the winner will be named Dec. 9. "We're certainly pleased for Ralph," Coach Frank Solich said. At practice Tuesday, the Huskers spent two hours on the Memorial Stadium FieldTurf in preparation for Saturday's 6:08 p.m. game at Kansas. "The guys worked through it pretty good," Solich said. "We're getting over the bumps and bruises that accumulate in a game."
Who's hurting: Offensive tackle Adam Julch (elbow), tight end Tracey Wistrom (hamstring), middle linebacker Carlos Polk (ankle) and weakside linebacker Randy Stella (hamstring) missed practice Tuesday. Solich said he expects none of the players to remain out Saturday. Polk should return Wednesday, Solich said. Wistrom may wait until Thursday, Solich said, but he "will probably be in good shape for the game." Rover Taylor Gehman (shoulder stinger) may also return Saturday, Solich said. Gehman, a true freshman, has missed the past two games.
Worth noting: Despite Saturday's 24-20 loss to Texas, the updated NU depth chart revealed only one change Tuesday. At weakside linebacker, Eric Johnson returns to the lineup, though Johnson and Julius Jackson both remain listed at co-No. 1. Johnson played Saturday but did not start after returning from a knee injury that caused him to miss three games.
Worth quoting: "I don't feel like I should be up for that right now. I gave up big plays at the wrong time Saturday, but I don't vote for that stuff." - Brown, on his status as one of 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award. In his 46 games as a starter at Nebraska, Brown made two of his most costly mistakes Saturday against Texas, allowing receivers to catch a pair of critical passes during the Longhorns' final two touchdown drives.
What's next? Nebraska returns to the grass Wednesday for its heaviest practice of the week in full pads. The Huskers will practice Thursday in Lincoln before leaving Friday afternoon for a walk-through practice in Lawrence, Kan.