They’re not that far removed from their first “syllabus day” at the university. They’re just starting to learn what life is like in the Husker bubble.
But as Husker enrollees explained this past week, there’s a great eagerness that accompanies jumping into this new adventure. There’s also an understanding you’ll pick up on as you read and hear their words. It’s the understanding that it’s going to take more strength and speed at this level, and getting here five months quicker with a spring ball to participate in can be a big deal on that account.
“I need that advantage of just getting here early, working on my game, and just helping myself out getting bigger, stronger, faster,” said wide receiver Jamie Nance in a social media clip produced by the athletic department. “I’m excited just to be here, but I’m more excited to keep developing the plays in my mind, and then just keep transitioning into spring ball and to just show my game.”
Nance keeps in mind that he knows he’s representing not just himself, but also “my family, and especially my team, coaches and the greatest fans in college football.”
— Jamie Nance (@JN3_era) February 6, 2019
His roommate, Wandale Robinson, perhaps the biggest headliner of all in the 2019 recruiting class, is feeling unburdened now after a difficult recruiting decision is behind him. He first committed to Kentucky before ultimately following his heart to Nebraska as signing day approached.
He’s ready for a new kind of pressure.
“There was a really big weight lifted off my shoulders,” Robinson said in his video clip. “I had a lot of pressure to stay home and go to my home-state school, but obviously I knew this is where my heart was and I had never been happier than whenever I decided to commit here. Obviously this is a really, really big tradition that I have to live up to, and I haven’t really gotten a taste of the tradition of how Nebraska football is. So I’m really excited to just start playing …