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Hometown: Carmel, Indiana.

Area code: 317.

Year/position: Redshirt freshman tight end.

Of note: Rafdal saw his first game action Saturday against Colorado, and he made his first collegiate catch, a 14-yarder in the second quarter.

Carmel is a northern suburb of Indianapolis: "It's a pretty big town (nearly 80,000 residents). Our high school has like 5,000 kids in it, so it's a big high school. At graduation I heard names I've never heard. (The ceremony) was probably two or three hours."

Playing at Lucas Oil Stadium for a state title was an "awesome experience": "It was a journey getting there. My freshman year we lost at state, sophomore year we lost at state and then junior year we lost in semifinals at state. To finally get there and to win is one is of my best memories of all time. We had about six or seven turnovers and we kept going and still got the win. It was a tight game the whole time. Playing with dudes that you've played with your whole life, it was unforgettable."

At 6-foot-8, playing basketball in the Hoosier state: "I didn't play (basketball) my senior year; we were pretty stacked. Obviously Indiana is a big basketball state. We had a pretty good center (John-Michael Mulloy) (two years) behind me. He's going to go to Butler next year. I would given him a good look at practice and if they put me in, I was going to be ready, but I was more focused on football. Football was always kind of my dream when I started, but I always enjoyed basketball because I thought it helped me with football, and I'm pretty sure it did."

Once committed to the home-state Hoosiers, but Nebraska came into the picture: "It was difficult (to de-commit), but I felt at home here and I just felt I had to make that decision for myself."

Ever in Carmel? Take on Bub's challenge if you dare: "(Go to) Bub's Burgers. You can try the Big Ugly Challenge (Six pounds of meat). It's a giant cheeseburger. It's really hard."

Mixing Colts blue with Husker red: "I went to a few (Colts games growing up). Not as many as I would like. I would always watch them with my dad on Sundays."

Representing the 317 ... "It's real special. I love representing that area. Me and Collin (Miller) both have the 317 on, so it just means a lot."

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.


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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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