Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Memorial Stadium
Pre-Wyoming
Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

Offensive Lineman Brent Qvale

On Taylor Martinez saying this is one of the best NU offensive lines ever
“I take that as a big compliment coming from Taylor, one of the best quarterbacks Nebraska has ever had. I think that we’re all just working hard and coming together as an offensive line and making sure we keep him clean in pass protection and making big holes for our running backs.”

On the abundance of fifth-year seniors acting as coaches on the field
“That’s a good way to put it. We try to be extra coaches out there and help the younger guys out. Just really take the next step as an offensive line and maybe see more blitzes or make certain reads that some of the younger guys don’t see. With all of our experience we should be able to do that and it is going to be a lot of fun to see how we can do against a real opponent.”

On the offensive line meetings being vocal now compared to three years ago
“Definitely. Just being there and helping out the young guys and really bring them along with us. We are going to need everyone because it is a long season. If something does happen we need those younger guys to step up and there can’t be a drop off from one guy to the next.”

On playing Wyoming who had one of the worst-ranked rush defenses last season
“We try not to focus on things like that. We just got to go out there and do our own jobs and take care of ourselves. As long as we are blocking people right and executing our blocks and our game plan; we should we fine against any opponent. I’m just excited to go out there and do it against someone else other than ourselves. “

On being more vocal with the running backs and receivers
Coach Brown came up and gave a great speech to the skill guys about running the ball. He also made it very apparent that he wants the defense to get after them if they drop the ball. We have put the ball on the ground fewer times than I have ever seen, so it is definitely carrying over. That was one of our weaknesses last year and we have to fix that in order to really compete for a championship.”

On surprises during camp
“Yeah, I definitely noticed the growth of some of the younger guys – some of the second and third-year guys making that jump. Some lineman like Zach Sterup and (Ryne) Reeves are starting to really grow as offensive linemen. Some of our skill guys and really making great plays at the wide receiver position and some of the great running backs coming in. It is really exciting because we have the talent and now we just got to go out and execute.”

On Ameer Abdullah during August
“He’s running great. He looks great. He’s healthy. Looking fast as ever. It is going to be fun. I think I speak for the rest of the offensive line that we are honored to block for all those guys and help protect Taylor.”

Role going into week one
“I’ve been rotating all throughout camp from right to left. I don’t know what the exact game plan is yet. Between all of us tackles, there’s a lot of younger guys who could potentially get playing time. No one really knows about the playing time situation yet. We will probably find out Saturday during the game.”

On still being excited for his fifth year as if his were coming in as a freshman
“Definitely. It was crazy just being out there and looking at the new East Stadium addition complete now. It’s exciting, but a little bittersweet having it be my last, first game. Crazy that it is coming to an end so fast. “

On the new, younger tight ends
“Jake Long has really stepped up. Cethan (Carter) has been playing really great. I’m proud of him and his work ethic being able to take more snaps. Trey Foster has looked good and Sam Cotton. We’re going to need all those guys if we are going to be able to go out and execute.”

On Randy Gregory
“The first couple days we didn’t really know who he was and all of a sudden he came off the edge and it was a nice surprise. He has made us better as offensive linemen. I think we’ve made him better as a defensive lineman. I’m excited to see him go out there and compete against other teams’ tackles and I hope to see him have a nice year. He’s fast, he’s tough. He is just a really good athlete.”