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Five things you should know about being the Husker trucker
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Five things you should know about being the Husker trucker

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FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT…

BEING THE HUSKER TRUCKER

(AS TOLD BY SELDEN TRUCKING’S TODD OSHEL)

Editor’s note: Since 2005, Selden Trucking of Shelby has been there for the Nebraska football program for every road game and bowl trip, hauling all the team’s equipment to the game. They donate their time and equipment, with the perk being having a behind-the-scenes look at the Huskers. Often riding along with owner Monte Selden, operations manager and driver Todd Oshel of Columbus takes fans along for the ride with pictures from the road on his Twitter account (@HuskerTrucker).

1. For many road trips the truck leaves on Thursday evening, but for this week’s 22-hour plus trek to Penn State the truck will leave on Wednesday evening. That way everything is ready when the team plane arrives on Friday afternoon.

“They usually get the trailer loaded for us and we go down and pick it up and then take off and head to our destination city. Once we get to the area we take the truck to the hotel and meet up with some of the university guys at the hotel and unload drinks, video equipment for the team meetings and things for the staff. Then we head out right before the team gets there and go to the stadium and get backed up to the locker room and start unloading. As we’re unloading, the equipment manager and student managers will show up on a bus and they’ll help us finish unloading. Once we get unloaded they start setting up the locker room for the game, and it takes two or three hours to get the locker room all set up.”

2. Packed tight inside the trailer is all the stuff the team will need on gameday, from extra shoes to sideline heaters to the stationary bike for the sideline.

“We haul the pads, the jerseys, the video equipment, the athletic trainer’s equipment, the stuff for the nutritionist, the cheerleader’s stuff. The headsets that they wear on the sideline, we’re hauling them, too. Everything it takes to run the game is in there.”

3. The paint color and graphics on both the tractor and trailer let’s you know this is the truck for the Nebraska football team, including graphics of the national championship trophies. That means travelers occasionally honk at the guys, and want to pose for photos with the truck.

“I was headed down south — I can’t remember if it was Baylor of Texas — but I was headed south and it was the middle of the night and I was just driving along and all of a sudden I see these flashes all over the place, and there was two people in the car next to me that were taking pictures with a flash camera of the truck as we were driving down the road. It surprised me, and something that stuck in my head that was really neat to see.”

4. Each season the Husker truckers pick a Nebraska player and use their jersey number as the truck number on the front of the tractor (this year is the No. 62 of Cole Pensick). There are also graphics honoring walk-on players such as Ron Kellogg and Spencer Long.

“It’s usually a senior, and sometimes we look at Nebraska boys and see who we got for seniors. This year the truck number is Cole Pensick — basically we know his dad real good, and they’re from Columbus — so we decided to put him on the truck as our truck number this year. We’ve had some others, we had Suh on there when he was a senior, and Alex Henery was on there.”

5. Being the Husker truckers can be hard work, with some long overnight hauls, and also helping the equipment managers as needed before, during and following games. The perks of the job can be pretty cool though, like standing on the sideline during games and getting your picture taken on the 50-yard line at the Big House.

“I’ve been there since Bill Callahan was there, and over the years I’ve got to see in the locker room and listen to the coach speak and everything else, and you just see the difference in everything. There’s guys that can get goose bumps on your arms and raise your hair up and everything else because you get so fired up over what a coach says and everything. It’s a neat experience to see.”

— Brent C. Wagner

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Husker volleyball/women's basketball 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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