Penn State vs. Nebraska, 11.10.12

Nebraska linebacker Will Compton (51) celebrates after recovering a first-quarter Penn State fumble at Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Each week this season, we've spent some time getting the thoughts of senior linebacker Will Compton. The dream this year was a championship, but now the possibility of getting Nebraska 11 wins is the focus as Compton puts on the pads for the Huskers one last time. …

"One of our coaches said it's been (11) years since we've had an 11-win season. Obviously, since I've been here we've always been a four-loss team. I think that'd be crucial, and especially getting a win against a well-coached team like Georgia, that'd be very big for the program. It'd definitely take the bad taste out of our mouths."

(On moving on from Wisconsin)

"That last game doesn't define who we are as a defense and as a football team. We've done a great job these past few weeks in preparing and getting the energy back. We're excited to get out there on the field with a team like Georgia. I mean, they were 4 yards away from being a national championship team. So we're ready for that challenge."

(On seniors speaking up after that loss)

"That probably more so happens right after the game. But it wasn't just seniors. It was everybody trying to create energy. You need to have enthusiasm out there when you're playing. These past couple weeks, the energy has been good all across the board. Even with the activities we're able to do here in Orlando, waking up at 6 a.m. to practice and have energy on top of that isn't easy. But our guys have done a good job with that."

(On having his family around for the bowl game)

"It's our first family-type vacation in a while. We're going to go to SeaWorld and some things, and probably find some sushi. But when it's time to put in the work, we get our work done."

(On being his final game as a Husker)

"I was talking to Zo (Alonzo Whaley) about it being the last time we're going to room together and all that. But it's been fun. We're all going to have a good time and we're going to send these guys out the right way."

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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