Hunter Miller

Hunter Miller hoists up Adrian Martinez after a spring game touchdown.

Redshirt freshman Hunter Miller spent time as the Huskers' No. 1 center this spring. Now the 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman from Stromsburg, Nebraska, is listed behind former walk-on Cole Conrad of Fremont on the depth chart.

Below is an interview conducted Monday with Miller, who has gained 50 pounds since coming to Nebraska and hopes to continue having a big role on the Husker line:

Q: There have been a lot of walk-on offensive linemen from small-town Nebraska. You are now one of them. How much does that matter to you?

A: It pushes you. I know in high school I was hearing about this kid named Cole Conrad who was a walk-on playing right tackle and getting in the game. It is something that you hear about, and you always imagine that is going to be you.

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Q: What kind of emotions were going though you prior to the game Saturday?

A: That is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. I was the kid with the Husker room and the posters on my wall looking up to guys on the team. When it came to the moment that was me, I was sitting on the bus on the way to the stadium thinking this is my time. ... It was a surreal feeling.

Q: What is the message you have for the kid growing up in Stromsburg about how hard it is to get to where you are?

A: It boils down to hard work. If you are willing to put in the work then you will get the opportunity. I know this coaching staff wants in-state walk-ons here. If they get that opportunity and you love Nebraska football, don’t pass it up, because you will regret it for the rest of your life.

Q: Has it sunk in that you are a walk-on, listed on the depth chart and saw time as the starting center in the spring? Or is that something you always expected?

A: I kind of always expected it. In high school I thought my abilities were overlooked because I was coming from an eight-man school. When I got here I knew that I belonged with the big dogs and I could roll with them.

Q: What offers did you have before making the decision to walk-on at Nebraska?

A: I had one FCS offer (Northern Colorado) and one FBS offer (Liberty). I didn’t take any official visits because I knew I wanted to go to Nebraska.

Q: You have put on close to 50 pounds since high school. What do you attribute that to?

A: It’s good weight. I was 275 when I played in the Shrine Bowl before coming here. In high school I was up to 295 my junior year, then I talked to my high school coach and we decided I would be more athletic and better for wrestling (if I) lost some weight, so I changed my body then. You get here, and (Zach) Duval in the weight room, and Dave Ellis keeps force-feeding us, so you don’t really have a choice.

Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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