Nebraska receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El could be available against Illinois.
Pierson-El, a sophomore, has been out with a broken foot since mid-August. He played all 13 games as a freshman last season and earned Freshman All-America honors. He started six games at receiver and took over as the Huskers’ punt returner in the second game of the year.
Pierson-El led the nation with 596 yards on punt returns last season, 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.
- Dan Gartland