Quarterback Austen Arnaud and tailback Alexander Robinson are expected to be ready for Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. game at Nebraska, the players said Monday.
Arnaud bruised his throwing hand four plays into last week’s 24-10 victory over Baylor after banging it on the helmet of a Bears defensive lineman following through on a pass.
He played the rest of the first half and one series after halftime before giving way to backup Jerome Tiller.
Arnaud did not practice Sunday but said he would play against the Huskers.
“No doubt,” he said.
Robinson’s status is not as clear cut. The junior tailback re-aggravated his strained groin muscle in the third quarter against Baylor and did not return.
He arrived Monday in front of reporters walking with a limp. ISU coaches and trainers won’t get a feel for how effective Robinson can play until late in the week.
When asked if he’ll play Saturday he said emphatically, “Yes.”
“I’m sore but it’s getting better,” Robinson said. “We are going to take it day by day and I’m going to keep thinking positively.”