09.11.2009 / Posting by Adam Carriker, former NU Player 2003-2006
Hey Husker fans...this is Adam Carriker. I am a former Nebraska Cornhusker (2003-2006) Blackshirt Defensive End and was a team captain in 2006. Currently I am playing for the St. Louis Rams who drafted me in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
This season I will be contributing to the First National Bank blog before several Nebraska football games and sharing some of my experience in playing for the University of Nebraska. I welcome your feedback this year!
Well, football is finally here and I can't wait. It's been a long training camp and preseason and I am ready to start playing some games that matter. That is the biggest difference between college and the NFL. In the NFL with training camp and preseason you have a long lead up to the season. I think that is one of the things I miss about college football. The excitement, I mean you just jump right in. It seems like every game matters…life or death. Even though I play in the NFL, for me nothing compares to the excitement and tradition of college football, especially the Tradition of Nebraska football.
You hear it all the time, but there really is No Place Like Nebraska! I remember as a player thinking we have eight home games a year and regardless of who we were playing, our record, the weather, whatever…it was going to be a sellout, the crowd was going to be out in force, backing us all the way and LOUD! Nebraska fans are one of a kind and in my opinion the most knowledgeable fans in sports. So many traditions I remember; Blackshirts, Walk-ons, Lifter of the Year, etc…
I'm expecting big things from the Huskers this season! I think they should win the Big XII North. If they do, it looks like we'll probably end up playing a team like Oklahoma or Texas. Seems like a daunting task but as a player I can tell you that all you can ask for is a shot at a championship. You never know what can happen in a one game "playoff". From what I've heard the offense is going to be leaning on a strong rushing attack while they work in some young playmakers in the passing game. And if there is anything I KNOW, it's that Coach Pelini is going to have the defense getting after it big time! I'm really excited to watch them play this year. They have some real studs returning on D and should make us all proud.
I really like Coach Pelini. He coached me my redshirt freshman season and I'm glad he is back to lead the program. One thing I remember vividly about him was that I thought he was a player's coach. He expected hard work, our best effort and demanded respect, but he was also very fair and listened to what we had to say. A lot of guys really looked up to him as a father figure. He also really knew how to run a defense and had us in the positions we needed to be in.
Well…that's all I have this week. I'm looking forward to chatting with you guys this upcoming season. Have a great time at the game this weekend! Florida Atlantic is actually pretty good from what I hear but I think they're in for a big surprise when all you guys show up. Be looking for me the week of the Oklahoma game! Go Big Red!!!
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