Year: Senior

Hometown: Blair

Depth chart: Injured (was No. 3 at guard)

Career games played: 1.

“I always had it in the back of my head that I wanted to play here. It’s really hard to get a scholarship coming out of high school, so just to have the ability to walk on and still be part of the team and everything is special.

“My best moment is when I got to play against South Alabama, and be in for a touchdown. Alonzo (Moore) caught a TD pass, and I was in for that drive. That was the first time I got to play. It was the fourth quarter, when the 2s went in. We ran a pass play and (Ryker Fyfe) threw it to Alonzo and it was really cool. Fireworks and everything, and got to celebrate in the back of the end zone with Alonzo.

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“By playing one game (in my career) it was nice just knowing that I was good enough to play, and knowing that for all the work I put in, I actually got on the field.

“I got injured the Minnesota week. (Chongo Kondolo) had an infected foot, so I was taking reps at his spot with the 1s, and then when he came back on Wednesday we were kind of rotating, just so he wouldn’t have to do too much coming back, and I ended up hyperextending my knee. They couldn’t really figure out what was wrong until they went in for surgery. I tore my ACL and meniscus and had surgery two weeks ago. I’m done for the year. It really sucked, because I was possibly going to play, and maybe start, or play a lot more. You get down when you hear you tore your knee up.

“I do a bunch of outreach programs. I was on the Brook Berringer citizenship team four years now. You just do a certain number of outreach events throughout the year, and being involved with the community. We do Boo at the Zoo, we visit schools. I really enjoy those, and giving back to kids, and even older folks.

“I like the Thanksgiving hospital visits, because the whole team goes to them and you get to see all different kind of patients. We go to the heart hospital. Just to see the people’s faces when we walk in is really cool.

“I’ll graduate in May, and I’m going to try to get on at a fire department, either in Lincoln or Omaha. I’ve been interested in it ever since I was a little kid. I’m a child, youth and family sciences major. I really enjoy working with kids, but the university doesn’t have a fire department program.”

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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