Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 (Memorial Stadium)
Pre-Iowa

On his health
“Health-wise I just have to keep pushing. I mean, it’s one of those things that’s not fully going to heal until I just get off it, but obviously that can’t happen so I’m just going to keep pushing myself to be the best that I can and hopefully just going out there to help my team as much as I can. I’d say I’m about 90 percent, but hopefully a little closer to 100 percent by game day. Give it another few days here and just live in the treatment room and keep rehabbing it. (Nebraska Assistant Athletic Trainers) Mark (Mayer) and Jeremy (Busch) have been doing a great job for me down in the treatment room, really helping me out keeping my spirits up and keeping my body going as much as it can.”

On how busy the treatment room has been lately for Nebraska
“It’s been a pretty busy place. I mean, it’s what you got to do. It’s week 14, I guess you could say with the two byes we’ve had and full camp. It’s this point in the season where people are nicked up, people are hurt, but it’s all about how you push through it and can you find ways to help your team.”

On the timetable for him being fully healthy
“You get the typical MCL sprain – two to four weeks. It’s the typical thing, but with as much as we can put in the training room – when people hear an ACL tear they think six months, but then you hear about people coming back in four-and-a-half now. It really depends on how much you’re willing to work and much time you’re willing to really getting better as fast as possible.”

On the emotions of Senior Day on Friday
“I can’t believe it’s been five years already. It feels like just yesterday us group of seniors were being dropped off at Selleck Hall with wide-eyed looks and no idea what we were doing and (Head Strength Coach James Dobson) screaming at us and all of a sudden – holy cow, it’s our last home game in front of this crowd. It’s an unbelievable feeling, but you feel so blessed to be a part of it. I’ve been part of a team that has a chance to win nine games every single year that I’ve been here. I’ve played for three championships; two in the Big 12 and one in the Big Ten and we didn’t get to win one, but the experience of going to play in those championships. I’ve been to a bowl game every single year. I’ve had a coaching staff that has taken this team under the wing like their own sons. I’ve developed a friendship with a group of players here that is unrivaled to anything I’ve had in my life and it’s something I will be able to hold on to for the rest of my life. To think that it’s almost coming to an end, it’s sad but at the same time it’s exciting I’m going to start the next chapter in my life and who knows where it’s going to take me but I know I’ll have friends at this place that I will be able to call for the rest of my life.”

On family coming in for the weekend
“My parents are driving up on Wednesday and my little brother, Michael, is going to be able to make it. (Michael) made it to the Southern Miss game and he’s in college at Fort Lewis – Durango; he’s a ski bum down there and he’s going to come up for the game. He’s going to fly in with my parents so I’ll be able to spend some time with him, which I’m pretty excited about. And then my two best friends from high school that I played football with forever; they are going to come up and some other family friends. I think I have about nine people coming up. (Are tickets hard to get?) Yea, but a lot of the younger guys have been helpful for the seniors. You think about it when you are a younger guy – at one point that is going to be me. I never thought it would be, but then here it is.”

On one memory that sticks out during his career
“A lot of people say the Hail Mary against Northwestern, but for me, the one moment that sticks out for me is when we were in Michigan State and we drove down to score with about six seconds left. I can remember almost every single play call. I can remember almost every play that whole last series. Quincy (Enunwa) making the great catch, Kyler (Reed) making the great catch. It’s just one of those things that I don’t know why, but that was just one of the most exciting moments that I can remember as a Husker. Just hearing (Spartan Stadium) going completely nuts and then just going silent. That was probably one of my favorite moments in my career here.”