LINCOLN, Neb - Matt Rhule and the Huskers have a chance to rest up after their 20-7 road win over Illinois. 

As the Huskers get ready for their bye week, Matt Rhule did break some more injury news on Tuesday, announcing that wide receiver Marcus Washington is out for the year with a torn ACL. He suffered the injury in the first quarter on Friday. 

Washington becomes the third wide receiver to leave the program or suffer an injury this season. Rhule talked about the state of his young wideout room, featuring players to the likes of Ty Hahn, Jalen Lloyd, and Malachi Coleman. 

"All three of them have come a long way, they've gotten better and better and better," Rhule said. "This is a great week for them to go out and practice and those guys have to step up and I'm sure they will."

Rhule also addressed a major issue for Nebraska's run game: fumbling the football, primarily by lead back Anthony Grant. Through the first six games, Nebraska has lost seven fumbles with Grant responsible for three of them. 

"I love Anthony, but you can't play for us if you can't control the ball," Rhule said. "Anthony has to improve that. He's not in the dog house, people take that the wrong way. You can't fumble the ball on Tuesday and Wednesday in practice, then do it again on Saturday and expect to play. He's got such great vision and running ability, he has just one skill that's preventing him from playing at the level I think he's capable to play at."

As Rhule and the Huskers take to the week off, Rhule did say he and his staff will conduct some recruiting and scouting this week. Nebraska takes on Northwestern on Oct. 21 - the Wildcats also enter off a bye. 

It was announced on Tuesday that Nebraska's Oct. 21 game with Northwestern will be a 2:30 p.m. CDT kick off, 1:30 MT.