NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The 16th annual Mid-Nebraska Big Red Sports Banquet was Saturday. Some big names making it out to North Platte to represent the Huskers, Cole Conrad, Mick Stoltenberg, Stanley Morgan Jr. and Devine Ozigbo.
Being the only Husker to receive an invite to the NFL combine, Morgan says he felt like it was his responsibility to show people what Nebraska football was about. With pro day last week, a lot of these graduated Huskers are trying to use that one year of experience under coach Frost as well as the training facilities at the university, to be able to play on Sundays.
"Oh they're really based on 'No fear of failure.' And I really thought of that under coach Frost, I mean he's a great guy, almost like having a big brother on the team cause he played there, he went through the same stadium, he went through the same field work that I've been through, so just doing the things he's done, just to try to better myself," Morgan said.
"Definitely just bring the attitude to practice everyday, just coming ready just being able to go out there and practice and not worry about making mistakes and just worry about getting better as a player and as a team. I definitely think that's the attitude I'm going to try bring into where ever I go. And just always working to get better when it's time to get better," Ozigbo said.
"For me, it was kind of a thing where, like you said, from Nebraska, it was cool to get just the opportunity to play for the Huskers. I think that's what a lot of these guys are experiencing now. It's a pretty surreal thing to suit up and wear the helmet and go on the field, so I think that's attractive to a lot of these guys. So, it's just an awesome feeling," Conrad, a Fremont native, said.
"Being a local kid, I was lucky to be offered a scholarship out of high school. I know a lot of kids are either turned away or don't get that chance, so, I think it's really great to consider all those in state prospects, you know, give scholarships where they're deserved, really try to revamp the walk on program, because, at the end of the day, it's awesome to get kids whose dream it is to play here to come commit here and play. So, as many Nebraska kids we can get to play here, that's great," Stoltenberg, a Gretna native, said.