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Nebraska’s annual Red-White Spring Game, 4.12.14

Nebraska cornerback Anthony Ridder (22) gets tackled by wide receiver Wane Hovey (right) after intercepting a pass during Nebraska’s annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Memorial Stadium.

A fifth-year senior from West Point Central Catholic High School, Anthony Ridder takes pride in his work on Nebraska's scout team. He's  played defensive back the past few seasons after trying his hand at quarterback and receiver during the early stages of his Husker career. His father, Dave Ridder, played defensive end/outside linebacker for the Huskers, earning letters from 1981-83. The younger Ridder is set to join his father as a letterman.

(HAVE YOU THOUGHT MUCH ABOUT WHAT YOUR LAST HOME GAME MIGHT FEEL LIKE?)

"I haven't put it to thought yet. It's been a good five years. I imagine I'll just go with the flow and see what happens."

(SO, YOU WON'T APPROACH IT ANY DIFFERENTLY?)

"Oh, no. It's another game. ... I'm a pretty low-key guy. I don't really get wound up about a lot. Being here, I mean, it's been more about my friends and people I've met through here. I've never been much about anything that's rah-rah or anything like that."

(FIVE YEARS IN THE PROGRAM WITH NO PLAYING TIME ... WHAT MADE YOU STICK IT OUT?)

"I've always been taught growing up that once you start something, you don't quit. It's perseverance. And thinking about it, I always knew that sticking it out would be better than just giving up. Just giving up doesn't do anything for me."

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(HOW MUCH OF A ROLE DID YOUR DAD'S PLAYING CAREER PLAY IN YOUR DECISION TO ATTEND NEBRASKA?)

"A big role. I wanted to live up to what he did here and get on the field. It didn't work out that way, but that's all right. That's probably most of the reason I stayed, is I wanted to letter and have my name on the letterman's wall with his name."

(ANY HUSKERS THAT MADE A HUGE IMPRESSION ON YOU WITH THEIR ATHLETICISM? ANY EXAMPLES?)

"When I first came here as a freshman, Quincy Enunwa was pretty fun to watch. Alfonzo Dennard, he was pretty dynamic. They were just so explosive. They just get off the ball so well."

(ANYTHING THAT JUMPS OUT ABOUT IOWA'S DEFENSE?)

"They play a lot of Cover-2. A lot of it. A lot of two-deep man-under. That is what I've noticed most. In third-down situations, expect a lot of man-to-man coverage."

 Steven M. Sipple

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

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Husker columnist

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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