Ganz: '07 Spring Game 'felt like Super Bowl'

2013-04-05T14:06:00Z 2013-04-05T16:02:05Z Ganz: '07 Spring Game 'felt like Super Bowl'By STEVEN M. SIPPLE JournalStar.com
April 05, 2013 2:06 pm  • 

How intense is the Red-White Game for players?

Depends who you ask.

Taylor Martinez probably isn't pacing the floor of his apartment right now, nervous for Saturday's scrimmage.

On the other hand, the 2007 Red-White Game was monumental in the eyes of Joe Ganz.

"I thought it was the Super Bowl," he said.

That's because he was competing with transfer Sam Keller for the starting quarterback job.

"I was out there cussing people out," Ganz said this week after a practice.

He's a Husker graduate assistant nowadays, working exclusively with the QBs.

He recalls being in the coaches' offices Friday night before the 2007 scrimmage watching video of the Husker defense -- trying to gain any edge he could.

Nate Swift likely would vouch for Ganz's intensity.

"I remember just dog-cussing Swifty," Ganz said. "I mean, I was pissed."

Swift and Ganz had gotten their wires crossed on a pass route.

"It makes you as a quarterback look bad, like, 'What the hell is that kid doing throwing the ball to nobody?'" Ganz said. "It was in the middle of a heated competition. I wanted everything to be well-oiled."

You wonder if Keller was as dialed-in as Ganz.

"I highly doubt he was that focused," Ganz said.

Keller and Ganz alternated series, with Keller completing 10-of-13 passes for 193 yards and Ganz 11-of-18 for 157 yards. Each threw for one touchdown, and neither was intercepted.

Keller, of course, was the starter come fall.

Ganz, though, got his chance in 2008, and obviously made the most of it.

No such quarterback competition next year. Ah, but there's always next spring.

 

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