LINCOLN — He's still the last guy out of the Hawks Championship Center after practice. He's still sporting a muscled frame. And he's still willing — after a half-hour workout of his own making, a compilation of drills to improve his skills — to spend a few minutes with inquiring reporters.
But Imani Cross wants to get those knees higher. He isn't satisfied with the status quo for his game. Perhaps it's because the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has stiff competition at running back in the form of redshirt freshman Adam Taylor. Or perhaps it's because Cross' default switch is to work harder and longer. Either way, he called his 2013 campaign — 447 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, 5.3 yards per carry — “average.”