Cameron Jurgens might be Nebraska’s center of the future.
For now, though, the freshman tight end is on the shelf.
Coach Scott Frost on Thursday confirmed that the Beatrice native broke his foot during practice on Monday morning and is expected to miss about a month.
“He just got his cleat caught I the grass and broke a metatarsal in his foot,” Frost said, adding that the timeline for return gives Jurgens at least a chance of playing again this season.
A touted local recruit, Jurgens has been in the conversation this week because NU is moving him from tight end to offensive line, eyeing a potential role on the interior in the future. Jurgens has appeared in one game and has up to three more available this season while still taking a redshirt.
The four-game rule will allow other freshmen to see increased action in the second half the season.
“I think we’ve got quite a few guys that will fit into that category at the end of the year – guys we can get out there and get some experience,” Frost said. “We’re waiting until later in the year when they’re ready.”
Frost, though, lamented the number of injuries among young players, including defensive linemen Casey Rogers and Tate Wildeman and safety Cam’Ron Jones. Those three have each been out several weeks and may miss the rest of the season. Frost wouldn’t say that all were done for the year, but it’s clear they’re each missing extended time.