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Posted on Sat, Oct. 23, 2004

Meier's status in question

The Kansas City Star

Four. Nine. Twenty.

No, not Powerball number suggestions. But they are key numbers to look for on the field today when Nebraska faces Kansas State at 1:10 p.m. at KSU Stadium.

The first number (Huskers I-Back Cory Ross) and last one (free safety Josh Bullocks), along with the digit in the middle (K-State quarterback Dylan Meier) all are questionable for the game because of various injuries.

Meier suffered an injury in the fourth quarter a week ago today against Oklahoma, thought to be a concussion. The hot rumor Friday indicated he won't play against the Huskers — and may not play again this year. Merle Clark, Meier's high school coach in Pittsburg, Kan., said Friday that he wouldn't bet on the rumor's validity.

“I haven't heard anything that has approached that,” said Clark, who said if Meier weren't going to play, he probably would have caught wind of it.

If Meier can't go, expect Allen Webb to get his third start.

As for Nebraska, Ross (turf toe) didn't practice this week until Thursday. Ross is the Huskers' featured back, averaging 95.7 yards. Bullocks, tied for second in school history with 12 career interceptions, didn't practice Thursday because of a shoulder injury.

Nebraska coach Bill Callahan differs from K-State coach Bill Snyder when it comes to injuries. Callahan had to release injury information as Oakland Raiders coach. When asked by the Lincoln Journal Star whether he ever considered withholding injury information since his arrival at Nebraska, Callahan said: “No, not at all. I just feel that people … the general public, the fans, the media, the players, they know about injuries. And we're not hiding anything here.

“I've got confidence in (reserve) guys. And I'm not paranoid.”

• HOOPS SCRIMMAGE: The Kansas State men's basketball team will play an open scrimmage from noon to 12:30 p.m. today at Bramlage Coliseum. Doors to the northwest entrance open at 11:45 a.m. The event is fre

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