On Aug. 13, head coach Mike Riley said five players were suspended for the game for violating team rules, but refused to name them. On Thursday, Riley said they were linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, cornerback Jonathan Rose, tight end Cethan Carter, defensive end Joe Keels and offensive lineman Robby Painter.
Rose-Ivey, a junior, played with the Huskers’ first-team defense throughout fall camp. He missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury during camp.
Rose, a senior, was listed as a co-starter on Nebraska’s depth chart earlier this week.
Carter, a junior, has started 14 career games caught six passes for 98 yards and one touchdown last season.
Keels, a senior, has played in five career games, all last season as a junior after transferring from Highland (Kan.) Community College.
Painter is a junior walk-on.
Nebraska finished 9–4 season and fired Bo Pelini. Riley was hired after 14 seasons at Oregon State.
- Mike Fiammetta