Southern Miss vs. Nebraska, 9.26.15

Nebraska tight end Luke McNitt (41) warms up at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Kearney

Depth chart: Not listed at tight end.

Career games played: 2.

“I could have come here (Nebraska) from the beginning, but I wasn’t feeling like walking on. I decided to go to (Nebraska-Kearney) for a year before coming here. I was unhappy at UNK; I knew I should have been here. I was from Kearney, so being in Kearney, I was very unhappy.

“At UNK, I played QB, H-back, tight end, slot receiver and a little bit of running back, too, on certain plays. I started out playing quarterback, because that’s what I played in high school, but Bronson Marsh had just transferred in, so he came in and really established himself as the starting quarterback. I just asked the coaches how I could help out, and had played receiver in high school. Then Bronson got hurt, so I had to go in and play quarterback for three or four games.

“My first catch, against South Alabama, was my best moment (at Nebraska). It wasn’t much, it was just 6 yards, but it was nice just to get in the stat sheet and get that out of the way early. It was just a 5-yard out, and I knew before the play, based on where the linebackers were, I knew it was coming to me. (Ryker Fyfe) threw it and it actually went off a D-linemen’s helmet, but it somehow skimmed off his helmet and I still caught it.

“I had to sit out last year (because of transfer rules), so I was on scout team doing tight end and H-back. At UNK, I wasn’t going to get a redshirt year, so it was nice to get a year to get ready to play here to get my body ready. I had never really put my hand in the dirt, so that was a whole new game to me. I’d been playing quarterback my whole life, so putting my hand in the dirt and going up against guys like Greg McMullen and Randy Gregory showed me what I needed to be ready for. If you can block (Gregory), or get close to blocking him, there’s not going to be much better than him.

“There is really good players at (NCAA) Division II, but the speed is a lot better here. When the second team comes in here,  they’re just the same as the first team. Going from having 2,000 to 5,000 people at a game, and only your parents traveling, to going to 90,000 here and seeing thousands of people traveling to games, that’s not the same as Division II at all.”

— 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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