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Zaire Anderson had three tackles in his first start against Arkansas State
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          Release: 09/18/2012
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Huskers Gear Up for Idaho State

Lincoln, Neb. - The Nebraska football team practiced just over two hours in full pads at the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice facility Tuesday afternoon.

Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media after practice with news about a season-ending injury to a  Husker defender.

"Zaire Anderson had a MRI on his ACL, and he will miss the rest of the year" Pelini said. "It is unfortunate for him. He is really coming along, but it is what it is, he will recover fully. It was a surprise to all of us."

Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis address the media after Pelini with ideas about who will replace Anderson at linebacker

"Right now it is Alonzo (Whaley) and David Santos" he said. "We are going to evaluate some young guys who were on the redshirt plan and see in emergency who that would, maybe a Thomas Brown or Michael Rose, but I don't know if we are ready to go down that road yet."

Papuchis said Whaley has had a good attitude and has been a team leader throughout all the changes lately at linebacker, and he knows Whaley will be ready to go.

Corey Cooper's name was in the mix of replacing Anderson, but Papuchis said that he would like Cooper to be in there on passing situations.

"The Dime and Will spot are very similar, but if we got into a bind, he could be a possibility there." Papuchis said.

Kickoff between the Huskers and Bengals at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (central) with live national television coverage from the Big Ten Network.


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