Each gameday we'll highlight one veteran Husker player in a feature we're calling "Senior Moments." In Week 1, we turn to starting cornerback Daniel Davie, who has a big responsibility Saturday as BYU trots out two wide receivers taller than 6-foot-6 nicknamed the "Twin Towers." The 6-1, 190-pound Beatrice grad discusses that matchup and more.
(On defending BYU quarterback Taysom Hill)
“From a cornerback’s standpoint, you just have to be good with your eyes, stay on the receiver as long as possible, not be looking in the backfield, because he can do so many different things with his arms or with his legs. ... I know on film, he’s been running guys over and things like that, so you just have to not be afraid, come over and be ready to hit him.”
(One of those 6-6 receivers is Mitch Mathews, who had 73 catches for 922 yards last season. Besides being tall, what sticks out about him?)
"He has great ball skills. Attacks the ball at its highest point, which is extremely high when you're 6-6 and can jump. ... Pretty good route runner as well. Decisive speed, too. He kind of sneaks up on you with those long strides. I've been watching him a long time, so I kind of know what he does well."
(How do you defend height like that?)
"Put your best athletes out there. I feel like me and Josh Kalu are pretty good in those one-on-one situations. We've made those one-on-one plays in camp, so I feel like we're going to match up good, because him and I are both pretty athletic and we can jump pretty good. I think we should be OK."
(What's allowed a young player like Kalu to rise up like he has with two different coaching staffs?)
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"Josh just finds his way around the ball. Really good instincts. Probably not the fastest guy, but is really technically sound enough to where he could cover almost anybody. Really smart. Asks questions. First one in the film room. He just does everything. At the same time, making everybody laugh. That's why we love Josh."
(Mark Banker has talked about Kalu's big personality. He just wants to make sure he isn't too loosey-goosey.)
"I know last year they kind of got on him a little bit just because he was always joking on the field and everything. But he's kind of found that healthy balance this year where he knows when to do that and when it's time for business."
(What does Nate Gerry mean to this secondary?)
“Nate’s just an all-around player. He can come up and hit you as well as play the ball in the air. Great leader, always getting us guys together and doing stuff, whether it’s going to a movie or stuff like that. Just helping us be a close-knit group, which allows us to make plays as a unit. He’s going to have a great career here by the time it’s all said and done.”
(Expectations for this final season?)
"I just want to win them all. ... I don't want to put a number on it and say, 'Do this to this team,' or 'Do that to that team.' Just take it one step at a time and win 'em all."