Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his knee and suffering a left leg fracture while celebrating a touchdown by teammate Stanley Morgan in Saturday's 55–45 loss to Purdue, the team announced.
“I feel bad for that kid,” head coach Mike Riley said in his press conference. “I feel like I just saw him the other day on crutches, and here he is again. It’s a sad deal.”
Pierson-El has 12 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdowns on the season in addition to his punt return duties that have resulted in four catches and 48 yards. The sophomore returned to action in early October after sustaining a broken foot in mid-August.
Last year, Pierson-El led the country with 596 yards on punt returns and averaged 17.5 yards per punt return, which was the second-best average in Div. I. He also caught 23 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns.
Nebraska is 3–6 on the year with just one win in five conference games. The Cornhuskers will play Michigan State on Friday.
- Christopher Chavez