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Five good minutes: Mike Moudy

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Minnesota vs. Nebraska, 11.22.14

Nebraska offensive lineman Mike Moudy (74) goes up against Minnesota defensive lineman Theiren Cockran during Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium.

Mike Moudy, senior OL, Castle Rock, Colorado

Of note: Moudy moved into the regular offensive-line rotation in 2013. He’s started all 11 games this season, including the opener, when the offensive line paved the way for Ameer Abdullah to rush for a career-high 232 yards. Moudy plans to try to give pro football a try, and after that would like to get into coaching.

Favorite part of football practice: “Going against the defense, just because it’s fun. Maliek Collins is a handful, but it’s fun strapping on against him and going at it. That’s just backyard football and relying on your technique and getting after it. We always start practice with that, and that’s hands-down my favorite.”

Least favorite part of practice: “Field goal. I’m not a big fan of it. It’s a huge part of the game, but it’s funny, because you just basically step and block guys. You’re not out there lathered up and running around. I just like throwing blocks on people, and it’s hard to do that when you’re just in a stationary stance.”

Highlight play of Husker career: “The one I love the most is (Jordan Westerkamp's Hail Mary) catch against Northwestern last year. I was in for that play. The weird thing was, right before, we knew we were going to beat them. I don’t know how, or when it was going to come, but it was going to happen. Just hearing that ball release, the crowd grasp, Ron (Kellogg) lying on the ground because he threw it so hard. You couldn’t see Westy, but you knew he caught it once that crowd went wild, and it was just an awesome feeling.”

If I were going to play another sport at Nebraska: “I’d try gymnastics, but I don’t know if I could do that height-wise. Probably wrestling. I’ve never wrestled. It would just be a good one-on-one sport with one-on-one matchups vs. guys. It’s a high-competition sport; I like it that way.”

Three things most people don’t know about me:

1. I’m engaged to be married in March to Megan Southworth, a former Nebraska softball player who is now in grad school at Creighton.

2. I love hunting, and I can usually do so in December before bowl game practice picks up.

3. I want to be a high school English teacher and football coach.

— Brent C. Wagner


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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent Wagner has worked at the Journal Star for 19 years, including 11 years covering the Nebraska volleyball program. His other beats include Nebraska women’s basketball, high school cross country and high school soccer.

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