Christo returns giving Cornhuskers much needed depth at quarterback

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Reserve freshman quarterback Monte Christo returned to practice Thursday with the third-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers after missing almost six weeks with torn thumb ligaments.

Christo is expected to be on the trip for Saturday's game at Missouri, but coach Tom Osborne said he hopes Christo will be able to redshirt.

"Obviously, most years Monte would be on the scout team and redshirted for sure, especially after losing all this time with injuries as a freshman," Osborne said. "But he's definitely our third-best (quarterback) right now and I have been very pleased with the way he has picked things up."

This has been a bad year for Nebraska quarterbacks. Starter Tommie Frazier is sidelined for the year as he recovers from recurring blood clot problems in his right leg. Backup Brook Berringer has nursed a partially collapsed lung in two games this season.

Sophomore walk-on Matt Turman started last week at Kansas State, but Berringer is expected to start against the Tigers (2-4) on Saturday.

"He's certainly cleared to play and has not had any problems," Osborne said of Berringer.

Nebraska (7-0) plays No. 2 Colorado on Oct. 29.