Husker smack talk and superlatives

In a poll of his Husker teammates, Andrew Rodriguez came out on top for the player that eats the most, is the strongest and is the one you would least like to sit next to on a plane. “You wouldn't have any space,” Trevor Roach said.


Which Husker is most likely to win “Jeopardy”? Who's the best motivational speaker on the team? Who's most likely to have his own reality show?

High schools save the senior class superlatives for the yearbook. But at Memorial Stadium, the best time to ask silly questions is before fall camp gets serious. On Friday, The World-Herald surveyed 17 Huskers about their teammates.

The answers won't make a difference against Wyoming, but in addition to a few laughs, you might learn a few things about this team. We did.

Q: Who's the best trash talker in practice?

Josh Mitchell, 4

Kenny Bell, 3 — “Kenny Bell doesn't back it up, but he talks a lot of trash,” Brodrick Nickens said.

Harvey Jackson, 2

Jack Gangwish, 2

Jake Cotton, 2

Others receiving a vote: Cole Pensick, Zaire Anderson, Daniel Davie, Thad Randle and Jared Afalava

Q: Who's most likely to be a college two-sport athlete?

Ameer Abdullah (basketball or track), 4

Ciante Evans (basketball), 2

Others receiving a vote: Donovan Vestal (basketball), Jamal Turner (basketball), Leroy Alexander (basketball), Taylor Martinez (track), Brent Qvale (basketball), Alonzo Moore (basketball or track), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (basketball), Charles Jackson (track) and Quincy Enunwa.

>> What else could Enunwa do? “Anything,” Josh Mitchell said. “He's a freak of nature.”

Q: Who eats the most?

Andrew Rodriguez, 6

Spencer Long, 4

Vincent Valentine, 4

Quincy Enunwa, 2

Others receiving a vote: Imani Cross, Jake Cotton, Givens Price and Brodrick Nickens

Q: What's the hardest class you've taken at the university?

Ron Kellogg III: “The history of jazz.”

Trevor Roach: “Corporate Risk Management.”

David Sutton: “Bio 101.”

Corey Cooper: “The playbook.”

Q: Who's the worst driver?

King Frazier, 2 — “Everybody says me,” Frazier said, “but they always ride with me.”

Sam Cotton, 2

Others receiving a vote: Jordan Westerkamp, Joey Felici, Zaire Anderson, Jason Ankrah, Ryne Reeves, Vincent Valentine, Derek Foster and Taylor Martinez.

>> Said Kellogg of Martinez: “Hands down, worst driver I've ever been with.”

Q: Which teammate would have the best chance at winning 'Jeopardy'?

Mark Pelini, 7 — “He knows quite a bit about everything.” Trevor Roach said.

Spencer Long, 2

C.J. Zimmerer, 2

Colby Starkebaum, 2

Others receiving a vote: Jake Long, Imani Cross

Q: Who's most likely to have his own reality show?

Jake Cotton, 4

Kenny Bell, 3

Spencer Long, 2 — “Nobody knows it, but he lives the life,” Avery Moss said. “He has fun on a consistent basis.”

Others receiving a vote: Jake Long, Tommy Armstrong, Jamal Turner, Paul Thurston, Imani Cross, Andrew Rodriguez, Taariq Allen, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Josh Mitchell, Jack Gangwish and Alonzo Moore

Q: Who's the hardest worker?

Ameer Abdullah, 6

Imani Cross, 3

Wil Richards, 2

Others receiving a vote: C.J. Zimmerer and Quincy Enunwa

Q: Who's the strongest player?

Andrew Rodriguez, 9

Spencer Long, 2

Andy Janovich, 2

Cole Pensick, 2

Others receiving a vote: Ameer Abdullah

Q: Who's the fastest?

Taylor Martinez, 7

Kenny Bell, 2

Tyler Wullenwaber, 2

Others receiving a vote: Jamal Turner, Ameer Abdullah, Charles Jackson and Boaz Joseph

>> Ron Kellogg III initially voted for Taylor Martinez, who was next to him, listening. “Actually, you know what, I take that back. Drake Martinez.”

Q: Who's the last player you'd want to sit next to on a plane?

Andrew Rodriguez, 9 — “You wouldn't have any space,” Trevor Roach said.

Jake Cotton, 3

Others receiving a vote: Vincent Valentine, Ameer Abdullah, Donovan Vestal and Tommy Armstrong

Q: What's your favorite play in the playbook?

Ron Kellogg III: “Option.”

Imani Cross: “50 ... it's an iso.”

Trevor Roach: “Car” (He blitzes)

David Sutton: “Purple 17 scissors” (Triple cross from the trips side)

Thad Randle: “Whistle blitz.”

Andrew Rodriguez: “Any power scheme.”

Jake Cotton: “Whenever I pull.”

Josh Mitchell: “Cat blitz.” (Corner blitz)

Kenny Bell: “Ones that I score touchdowns on.”

Q: Which teammate would you want giving your motivational speech each Saturday?

Quincy Enunwa, 4

Andrew Rodriguez, 3 — “He gets after it,” Jeremiah Sirles said.

Taylor Martinez, 2

Others receiving a vote: Imani Cross, Harvey Jackson, Corey Cooper, Spencer Long, Ciante Evans, Josh Mitchell and Kenny Bell

Q: Which coach would win a triathlon?

Ron Brown, 9

Joe Ganz, 2

Bo Pelini, 2

James Dobson, 2

Others receiving a vote: Terry Joseph and Brenden Stai

Q: Which pro athlete autograph do you wish you had?

Adrian Peterson received two votes (from running backs). Ray Lewis got three. Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal got some love. Jake Cotton said Ted Williams. Kenny Bell said Walter Payton. But the most interesting answer came from Aaron Curry, who said Rafael Nadal. “That's my favorite athlete. I just love tennis.”

Q: Which teammate is most likely to be a TV analyst someday?

Kenny Bell, 2

Michael Rose, 2

Corey Cooper, 2

Others receiving a vote: Jeremiah Sirles, Brent Qvale, King Frazier, Mike Moudy, David Santos, Avery Moss, Brodrick Nickens, Taariq Allen, Daniel Davie, Josh Mitchell, Jamal Turner, Ron Kellogg III

Q: Who's the best golfer?

Kenny Bell, 3 — “I heard that Kenny is the man,” Avery Moss said.

Mark Pelini, 2

Tyler Evans, 2

Ron Kellogg, 2

Others receiving a vote: Brent Qvale and Grant Schumacher.

>> Josh Mitchell answered the question like this: “Not Taylor Martinez.”

Q: Who's the most political?

Jake Cotton, 4

Kenny Bell, 3

Zach Sterup, 2

Others receiving a vote: Imani Cross, Ron Kellogg, Mark Pelini and Quincy Enunwa

Q: Which teammate would you allow to date your sister?

King Frazier: “Ameer, hands down. He's a stud.”

Brodrick Nickens: “(Brent) Qvale, because he's a big cuddly bear.”

Kenny Bell: “No one. Ever.”

Donovan Vestal: “I'd shoot 'em all.”

Jake Cotton: “Thank God I don't have a sister.”

Jeremiah Sirles: “Is Rex Burkhead still here?” — Sirles wasn't the only one who mentioned Rex. So did David Sutton, Corey Cooper and Wil Richards.

Q: Who's the worst locker room singer?

Aaron Curry, 5 — “Me,” Curry admitted.

Cole Pensick, 2

Others receiving a vote: Thad Randle, Jason Ankrah, Evan Williams, King Frazier, Spencer Long, Harvey Jackson, Austin Williams and Josh Mitchell

Q: Who's most likely to be a coach someday?

Mark Pelini, 3 — “The family business,” Roach said.

C.J. Zimmerer, 3

Trevor Roach, 3

Michael Rose, 3

Sam Burtch, 2

Brent Qvale, 2

Others receiving a vote: Tyson Broekemeier and Jeremiah Sirles.

Q: Which teammate would you go to for fashion tips?

Ciante Evans, 5 — “He's the flyest guy,” Donovan Vestal said.

Thad Randle, 3

Quincy Enunwa, 2

Others receiving a vote: Vincent Valentine, Jonathan Rose, Wil Richards and Evan Williams

Q: Which teammate would you NEVER go to for fashion tips?

Jake Cotton, 8 — “If he could, he'd wear nothing but a jock strap, booty shorts and cut-off tanks,” Brodrick Nickens said.

Andrew Rodriguez, 2

Others receiving a vote: Jamal Turner, Kenny Bell, Ryker Fyfe, Jay Guy, Aaron Curry and Jared Afalava.

Q: Which team would you most want to face in the national championship game?

Alabama, 11 — “I want the best,” Thad Randle said.

Ohio State, 2

Others receiving a vote: Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Kansas.

>> Said Avery Moss: “Anybody from the SEC so we could stop that talk.”

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