LINCOLN — Two days into preseason camp and Nebraska's active roster is still rounding into shape.
The Huskers will be without top tight end Jake Long for about two weeks after an undisclosed injury, coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday.
Also out for the time being is redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong (knee), who underwent a planned medical procedure last week that related to a past surgery. Armstrong's not “full-go” yet, Pelini said, but he could return soon.
Nebraska will get true freshman Maliek Collins back on the practice field Tuesday. The defensive tackle from Kansas City, Mo., missed Tuesday's session because of a personal issue, Pelini said.
But two other true freshmen, defensive end Dimarya Mixon and linebacker Marcus Newby, are “still working through some eligibility things,” the coach said. There's no indication yet as to when their situations will be resolved, Pelini said.
True freshmen Chris Weber and Christian Bailey are both on the 105-man practice roster, the only two first-year, walk-ons to get an invite to training camp. Weber's a linebacker out of Elkhorn. Bailey, from San Clemente, Calif., is a longtime friend of true freshman quarterback Johnny Stanton.
The rest of the NU players will join the team when fall classes begin Aug. 26.
Kicker battle 'pretty even' between Bondi, Smith
The contributors at the key spots on special teams are all new, but they've apparently impressed Pelini during the early portion of camp.
No longer does Nebraska have do-everything kicker Brett Maher. Long snapper P.J. Mangieri is gone, too.
But the competition for those jobs is on.
Sophomore Mauro Bondi and walk-on transfer Pat Smith has been “pretty even” so far. Smith, the senior from Western Illinois, practices with confidence, Pelini said.
“He carries himself like someone who wants to win a job,” Pelini said of Smith. “And that's only going to make Mauro a better kicker. The competition's going to make them both better in the end.”
And it appears that redshirt freshman Sam Foltz has inserted himself into the battle at punter. The one-time wide receiver walk-on from Grand Island won't be working much with the offense, Pelini said.
“I think Foltz has a chance to be a big-time punter,” Pelini said. “His leg strength, the hang time he gets on punts ... Foltz gives us something maybe we quite haven't had in the past.”
If he wins the job, Foltz will be working with a true freshman long snapper. And though Gabe Miller's still learning protection schemes, he's made the transition so far, Pelini said.
“What I like about him is, you don't see any hitch in his snaps,” Pelini said. “He throws it back there. He's confident.”
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