By Jamie Schleppenbach, Nebraska Media Relations
Comradery and love for the state of Nebraska are two of the things that will define Joey Felici’s senior season. The 5-9, 175-pound cornerback from Omaha has prepared to make his final hurrah a memorable one.
The preparation began immediately following the 2014 Gator Bowl in January when Felici and the 11 other soon-to-be seniors came together and decided to embrace the grind of the offseason. With his final season as a Husker in mind, Felici focused on slowing everything down and appreciating every moment.
“The offseason was awesome,” he said. “Instead of dwelling on hard workouts, I decided to come out and attack it, knowing that these were my last workouts with this group of guys. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I will stay connected with this group of seniors even when I’m done with football.”
Felici hopes the small but tight-knight group of seniors can push NU to a championship season.
“We’ve been so close to winning the (conference) championship, starting my freshman year in the Big 12 and now in the Big Ten, so that’s definitely a big goal of ours this year.”
Personally, Felici seeks to earn playing time on special teams or at cornerback. But he has learned that his time here at Nebraska means so much more than football, from academics to community service, where he was a member of the 2014 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
The sport aspect has been fun but I’ve gotten to know myself through the experience,” he said. “Growing as an individual through this program has made me into the person I am today, and I am so grateful for that.”
With his senior season upon him, Felici is looking forward to representing his home state and feeling the support from Husker fans that has been so memorable to him so far.
“The fans have been awesome,” he said. “That’s something that’s been really consistent since I’ve been here. They show so much support, and it’s crazy to think that even if you don’t play, or you’re a walk on, the fans still come to Fan Day and want to talk with you. They ask questions and want to get to know you, so it’s always really cool to know you have the support from the fans.”