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Husker youth battles length of season

Nebraska wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (1) breaks free for the Huskers against Northern Illinois on Sept. 16, 2017 (KHGI)

LINCOLN --- We're two–thirds of the way through the Huskers 2017 season, and the first collegiate campaign for the freshman at Nebraska.

Trying to keep them focused and in shape down the home stretch is a delicate balance.

"Some of these guys haven't gone that long in a training camp and then the season wears on [them]," offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said.

Nebraska getting small contributions from freshman running back Jaylin Bradley and wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey, combining for 166 yards of offense while lineman Brenden Jaimes has appeared in five games.

"I think it's really important to take care of themselves, rehab and really get their focus back and make sure week to week it's the same as it was at the beginning of the year," said Langsdorf. "Continue to not overload it, we're at a point in the season where throughout a lot of different games we've been able to do some different things and we've had to tweak game plans so just making sure they're up to speed if they haven't played much and make sure they're sharp in their assignments and in their focus, and as the season wears on that's more and more important, especially for the young guys."

The 4–4 Huskers are home to 5–3 Northwestern on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. over on BTN.

They are tied for second in the Big Ten West at 3–2, trailing Wisconsin (5-0) by two games.

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