Husker QB Casey Thompson ruled out for Michigan game

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska will be without starting quarterback Casey Thompson against No. 3 Michigan on Saturday.

Interim head coach Mickey Joseph confirmed the news at a Thursday morning press conference.


Joseph will now choose between backups Logan Smothers and Chubba Purdy to start under center against the Wolverines.

“They had good practices,” he said. “They practiced well but you do not get graded on practice. You get graded on game day, so it is about who can manage the team on game day.”

Both saw time during the Minnesota game last weekend, with Purdy taking most of the snaps.

Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple said Wednesday that Smothers and Purdy had been more consistent throughout this week of practice.

Thompson suffered an injury during the second quarter of the Illinois game.  He did not play in the Huskers’ home game against Minnesota.

“I do not think they have backed down from anybody since I have been here or since before I got here, you can watch them,” Joseph said. “They do not back down. They do not throw in the white flag, so you have to respect that out of those kids.”

Nebraska will face Michigan at 2:30 p.m. on Channel 8.

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