The redshirt freshman from Lombard, Ill., got his first two career receptions against Southern Mississippi, including a 15-yard pass from Taylor Martinez on a third-and-9 play in the second quarter. Nebraska signed the 6-foot, 200-pounder in 2012 after he set Illinois high school records for receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and touchdown catches (68).
Q: What's the biggest difference from last year in you getting up to speed with the offense and being ready to play?
A: It's just going out there and practicing every single day and just getting more comfortable with everything. It's a big jump from high school to college football. Getting here and the playbook's a lot bigger, and it's being able to learn that and being able to recognize defenses. It takes a lot of work.
Q: Did you underestimate that jump at all?
A: Not really. I knew what I was getting myself into and I knew what was to be expected. It was just a lot of hard work. Like I said, practice makes perfect, so you practice it every day and you're going to get better and be more consistent.
Q: Do you have to remind yourself sometimes that you're just a redshirt freshman?
A: Yeah, I still got a lot of time left here. It seems like I've been here forever already, but it's only been a year and a half.
Q: What did those catches Saturday night do for you, as far as confidence or maybe taking some pressure off you?
A: I was hoping to get a catch, and I'm glad I was able to. Taylor threw a great ball, the line blocked perfect, so it was a good play on that corner route to finally get a catch. I've put in a lot of hard work, so it was just a good feeling to finally make a grab in a game and kind of get that off my shoulders.
Q: What did any of the veterans have to say after you returned to the sideline?
A: They were just saying “Congratulations on your first catch.” They were happy for me. They're great teammates, so it was good to hear that from them.
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