The status of one of Nebraska’s most important incoming players is in question for the team’s season opener against Ohio State on October 24. Head coach Scott Frost provided a very brief update while speaking with the media.

New wide receiver Omar Manning, a highly-touted junior college prospect who was part of Nebraska’s 2020 class, has been in and out of practice recently, according to Frost. Right now, it’s unknown whether Manning will be available for the Huskers’ clash against the Buckeyes in Columbus in less than two weeks.

“We need him out there more consistently if he’s going to help us,” Frost said, per Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald. When asked if Manning will play, the head coach responded with “I hope so.”

Manning comes to Nebraska from Kilgore College, where he spent the past two years. Last season, the receiver hauled in 35 receptions for 727 yards and 6 touchdowns. As a freshman in 2018, he caught 15 passes for 302 yards and 4 touchdowns.

With Nebraska having a young receiving corps, Manning was expected to step in and contribute immediately, and in a big way. While the Huskers were anticipating other newcomers to take on a big role as freshmen, Manning was probably going to be one of the top targets in the offense.

Being without him could really hinder Nebraska’s passing attack, especially against a team like Ohio State.