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Q&A with Nebraska receiver Brandon Reilly

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Brandon Reilly

Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Reilly catches a pass with Purdue defender Anthony Brown close behind.

The junior matched his best single-game performance with five receptions at Purdue, including a career-long 52-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Reilly also is among the Huskers’ banged-up receivers, with coach Mike Riley calling him questionable this week with a right toe injury.

Q: How do you feel about your chances of playing this week?

A: It’s kind of hard to tell right now, but no part of me is giving up, so I’m going to do whatever I can to get back for Saturday.

Q: Do the injury issues at receiver — with De’Mornay Pierson-El out and Alonzo Moore trying to come back this week — pressure you at all to play if you can?

A: That obviously enhances it, but for me, personally, I don’t want to miss any games. Especially with all the work we put in during the offseason, and we only get a certain amount of games, so I’m not trying to miss any.

Q: What kind of challenge do the Michigan State defensive backs present with their press coverage and physical style?

A: It’ll be tough, but also a challenge that we like, that we look forward to. A lot of pressure is going to be on us. In our room, especially, we look forward to it. We want the pressure on our hands. So we’re excited for it.

Q: Two of your remaining three opponents are still unbeaten. How much can that help motivate this team for the stretch run, regardless of the current record?

A: That definitely helps, obviously. Our year hasn’t turned out the way we expected, so we might as well go out there and try to knock off a couple top teams, and maybe spoil someone else’s season.

Q: What will potentially getting Tommy Armstrong back at quarterback do for the offense this week?

A: It definitely will help. His game experience, his command of the huddle ... just little things like that, and he’s one of the biggest competitors on the team, so that can never hurt getting a guy like that back. A lot of guys are nicked up, but hopefully when Saturday rolls around we got most of the guys out there.

Q: What’s it like to be around Jordan Westerkamp every day, and are you even amazed anymore with a game like he had Saturday?

A: I expect it with Jordan. Every day, he’s first in the meeting room. He’s always watching film, telling me things to look for. He’s always in the playbook, asking questions when needed. He acts like a professional, and it shows out there on game days.

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