After missing five games with a broken collarbone, the senior receiver has caught four passes for 54 yards in the Huskers’ past three wins. Marlowe injured his left shoulder Saturday at Michigan State but plans to be ready for this week’s home game with Penn State.
Q: With this team now the Legends Division favorite for the stretch run, how are guys handling the pressure that goes with it?
A: We try not to buy into any of that. It’s like Coach Bo (Pelini) said a couple of weeks ago: We got six games left and our goal is to win them all no matter what. Now we’re down to three. We’re not going to depend on what Michigan does or what Northwestern does.
Q: Wisconsin-Indiana likely determines the Leaders Division representative for the Big Ten final. How much are you guys going to pay attention to that game
A: We’re pretty focused on what we have to do. But it’s great for Indiana. I’m happy for Coach Ekeler (former NU assistant Mike Ekeler) and those guys. It’s a big game for Indiana, probably their biggest in 10 years or so. It’ll be an exciting environment there in Bloomington, but we got our own issues here in Lincoln going on Saturday.
Q: What was it like to see Jamal Turner make that game-winning catch Saturday, knowing the ups and downs he’s gone through transitioning from quarterback to receiver?
A: Yeah, I was ecstatic for him. It was great. Me and Jamal play the same position for two years now and just spend all the time in the meeting room together and working hard on the field together. To see him get his first touchdown in that way, it was a great confidence boost for him. He’s a great player, and there’s so much out there for him.
Q: Yourself included, an awful lot of guys had to be helped off the field for both sides Saturday.
A: Definitely a physical game. There were a lot of injuries on both sides; let’s just hope everybody is all right. That’s Big Ten football. There was some chirping going on. They’re a feisty team. We were really getting after it out there. It was just 11 on 11 just getting after it.
Q: Looking back, does it almost seem surreal going to Penn State last year under the circumstances at that time?
A: It’s pretty crazy thinking we were in Happy Valley when that was all going on. I’m glad that’s behind them and they’re back to playing football. And we’re excited to play against a great program Saturday.
Q: You said you’re best friends with Nittany Lions back Mike Zordich. What’s he said about some of the seniors wanting to ride it out in State College?
A: They wanted to right the ship and finish it out there. They’re not happy with some of the guys that left, but you can’t blame guys for leaving that situation where you don’t get to play in bowl games for four years or (play for) the Big Ten title. They got dealt a tough hand, but I think they’ve done a great job this year.