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Nebraska sophomore linebacker Tyrin Ferguson runs through drills last August.

If Tyrin Ferguson hadn't already experienced a "welcome to college football" moment, he received one Thursday night.

Late in Nebraska's seventh practice of fall camp, 5-foot-10, 230-pound Harrison Jordan, a walk-on fullback from Omaha Westside, bulled over Ferguson, causing a loud pop of pads and drawing a roar from offensive players.

Receiver Brandon Reilly could be heard praising Jordan, calling him "cinder block."

Ferguson, though, has been pretty sturdy himself thus far, embracing the inherent challenges of playing middle linebacker. The 6-2, 210-pound New Orleans native looks the part.

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"He loves the game," Husker defensive coordinator Mark Banker said. "He has that want-to, that attitude. I don't think right now, for him, he's as physical as he wants to be because of the fact he's probably thinking a lot."

However, Ferguson "is right about where he needs to be."

-- Steven M. Sipple

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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