Two Husker running backs, one cornerback out for season

Coach Matt Rhule talks about his first home game experience and the current QB situation as Nebraska prepares for Saturday’s matchup with Louisiana Tech
Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 12:04 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 3:15 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Head Coach Matt Rhule delivered brutal injury news Monday for the Huskers.

Coach Rhule announced at Monday’s news conference that two running backs — Gabe Ervin Jr. and Rahmir Johnson — and cornerback Dwight Bootle II will be out for the rest of the season after suffering injuries.

Nebraska Football Coach Matt Rhule announced Monday that three players are out for the rest of...
Nebraska Football Coach Matt Rhule announced Monday that three players are out for the rest of the season due to injuries.(10/11 NOW)

He also noted that Jeff Sims had practiced on Sunday night, but declined any further comment on the quarterback situation.

Heinrich Haarberg threw two touchdown passes and ran in a third on Saturday in his first start in the position, leading the Huskers to a decisive 35-11 win over Northern Illinois.

“We’ve known all along that Heinrich [Haarberg] can play,” Coach Rhule said in the post-game news conference.

Following Monday’s practice, he talked more about how his first home game had impacted him, saying he was amazed at how soon fans started filling the stands.

Nebraska now turns the page to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday.


LA Tech vs. Nebraska is scheduled to kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

The Huskers also announced details for the Sept. 30 game against No. 2 Michigan. That home game will also kick off at 2:30 p.m. but will be televised on Fox.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the position of one of the injured players. 6 Sports regrets the error.

Digital Director Gina Dvorak contributed to this report.