All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Wednesday's episode, Adam Carriker talks to Nebraska commit Noa Pola-Gates about what attracted him to Nebraska as a recruit, his relationship with the coaching staff, his goals for freshman year and much more.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Carriker: Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles the people's show where we check the pulse of Husker Nation brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Today I'm joined by future Husker safety, Husker commit Mr. Noa Pola-Gates.
How you doing my friend?
Noa Pola-Gates: Good, how are you?
Carriker: Man I'm doing well so I got to start right off the top, what made you choose Nebraska? What makes you want to be a Cornhusker and want to join the the Blackshirt nation if you will?
Noa Pola-Gates: I'd say Coach Scott, Coach Fish, and Coach Ruud.
Carriker: Now, what was it about them that made you fall in love with this coaching staff?
Noa Pola-Gates: Just that — I'd say honestly because Coach Frost kind of reminds me of my high school coach that I have now and you know, that's kind of push for him as well and you know, Coach Fish I fell in love with Coach Fish as well. Because I can relate to him in many ways.
Carriker: All right, so when you were in Lincoln, you know you're walking around the campus you're checking out the facilities you like you like the coaching staff. What else stuck out to you the most like what is something that catches an individual such as yourself? What catches your guy's eyes? Is that the weight room? Is it the — Is it the fans or what is it that catches your guys's eyes the most?
Noa Pola-Gates: What caught my eyes the most were the players and how friendly and opened-arms they were and how kind of persuasive how they were kind of persuading me on committing when I was down there.
Carriker: What players were you able to talk to and interact with?
Noa Pola-Gates: Braxton. He was my host and I hung out with Cam. Yeah, that's pretty much what I remember.
Carriker: Okay, cool. What I like to ask guys this question. Have you ever had a Runza? Do you know what a Runza is and have you ever had it?
Noa Pola-Gates: Yes. I have had a Runza, when I was down there.
Carriker: All right, what did you think was it good?
Noa Pola-Gates: Yeah, I'd say it's a solid, seven, seven and a half.
Carriker: Okay. All right. All right. It's interesting because I've interviewed a couple of guys, they never had a Runza. So then after I asked him, you're like, yeah, I gotta go try it and a lot of a lot of the guys like it. So I always got to ask them that. So when are you get into campus when you were arriving and joining the team?
Noa Pola-Gates: Yeah, it'll be this summer in May.
Carriker: Is there anything you want to do? Like what's the first thing you want to do when you get on campus?
Noa Pola-Gates: Honestly, I just I just want to get to campus, get settled and get comfortable.
Carriker: What are some of your goals heading into your freshman season? Like, for me, I wanted to redshirt and for me that they even asked me because they go, do you want to redshirt after camp? I did really well in camp, the coaches pulled me aside to go do you want to redshirt? What do you want to do? Which kind of surprised me because I thought they were going to tell me but some guys want to play right away. You know, for you, what are your goals for your freshman season?
Noa Pola-Gates: My goals are to get on the field as soon as possible, and as well as often because I want to not just be and for a little bit I want to be big impact in the rotation.
Carriker: Okay. That sounds good to me. What What's your impression of Zack Duval in the strength conditioning staff? Were you able to spend much time with them?
Noa Pola-Gates: Not really that much. But I'm looking forward to that when I come down during the spring game.
Carriker: So you talked about the fans a little bit earlier. Because to me, you know, you talked about the sellout streak sold out every game since 1962. I mean, it didn't matter if we're playing the number one team in the country or Timbuktu U those stands are going to be sold out. But what what what stood out to you about Husker fans, and Husker nation?
Noa Pola-Gates: When I went down now my visit, I was just walking around on the field and you know, hearing some fans, like knowing me, like my name and calling me and telling me I need to try the Runza and all this stuff around the stadium. You know, it's made a big impact as well. So I like that from the Nebraska fans.
Carriker: Is there a player whether it be past or present in college or the NFL, that you kind of mimic your game after or you would compare yourself to?
Noa Pola-Gates: I look up to Sean Taylor a lot, as well as Deion and Troy Polamalu.
Carriker: It surprises people, because I'm this big guy. You know, my favorite player growing up was actually Deion Sanders. I loved watching him play, he was unlike anyone else who's ever stepped foot on a football field. And part of me wishes he just would have been a returner and a receiver. But I'm with you on the Deion Sanders thing.
So what are what are some of the things that Husker fans can expect to see out of you, as you get on campus? Enter your freshman season. And as your career progresses, like, what can they expect to see out of Noa Pola-Gates?
Noa Pola-Gates: I'd say, a hard-working, motivated, passionate football player, as well as well-rounded as a person as well.
Carriker: That sounds good, that sounds good. So what are some of the strengths of your game that you have? All right. And what are some of the aspects of your game that you want to work on the most as well?
Noa Pola-Gates: I'd say some aspects that I have that are positive are my speed, getting out of my breaks, in and out of them. I have no fear to play, and some things I'd like to improve on are getting faster, definitely getting bigger, and stronger as well.
Carriker: Now, I know, you had a lot of school work lately, and I appreciate you making time for the interview. But it led me led me to wonder. Um, what's your major going to be? And what are you looking to do with your degree here at Nebraska?
Noa Pola-Gates: Yeah, so I'm kind of looking into the clothing side, so I'm trying to make my own type of brand like clothing brand, and designing my own clothes. As well as, I'm kind of into music, so I kind of want to major in something that revolves around music and producing.
Carriker: All right, well, that's cool. That's cool. Hey, if you ever get the Noa Pola-Gates clothing line up off the ground, send me some swag. I'll wear it on the show. I'll give you some free advertising. How's that sound?
Noa Pola-Gates: Of course, I got you.
Carriker: I took the — I took history of rock and roll history of jazz while I was at college. I don't know that it helped me much but maybe you'll get more out of it than I did when I went there.
All right, man, well, I want to thank you for joining me. I appreciate your time. And do you have a message for Husker nation some you'd like to say to Husker fans as you get ready to join the Nebraska brotherhood here.
Noa Pola-Gates: I'd like to say throw the bones.
Carriker: I like it. I like it. You're going to get a say it twice here because I'm going to do the end of the show. And until next time Husker nation, go big red and always remember...
Noa Pola-Gates: To throw the bones!
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