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Spring football practice

Defensive end Ross Dzuris watches teammates before practice at Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Year: Junior

Hometown: Plattsmouth

Depth chart: No. 2 at defensive end

Career games played: 0.

“I came down to camp before my senior year (in high school) and the coaches liked what I was doing. They offered me a walk-on spot. I went through the season and didn’t have any offers, until late in the season, I had a few FCS schools. I took a visit to North Dakota and a couple of other schools. I decided I wanted to play at the highest level, so at the end of football season I decided to walk on.

“My dad, Bob, was a college coach (at Nebraska-Omaha and Midland) when I was younger, and I never really idolized just going to Nebraska. It was just playing college football.

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“I knew some guys from the old Nebraska teams from the same area as me, and those are some good stories, like Mitch Krenk (from Nebraska City). Ric Lindquist went to the same high school as me, way back in the day.

“The walk-on program is such an advantage. Every year there is so many guys that play. At other schools, it’s a really big deal if one walk-on plays, or one walk-on gets a scholarship. Here, it’s almost expected.

“I think as a walk-on you’re expected to work harder. You’re expected, especially your freshman year on scout team, you’re going to get the crap jobs. You’re going to have to go against the starters all day long. That’s where you've got to prove your mental and physical will is greater than a scholarship guy.

“(Getting to play in a game) has been long overdue, I think, and I’m just excited and ready to play hard.”

— Brent C. Wagner

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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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