Luke Gifford

Nebraska linebacker Luke Gifford runs through drills with his teammates.

The former Lincoln Southeast quarterback and defensive back made the move last spring from safety to linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt freshman is now spending much of his time in fall camp working with the No. 2 defense after making the transition.

Q: How are you liking your move from safety to linebacker?

A: I’ve gotten a lot bigger and stronger, so it feels like I’m in the right place at ’backer. So I’m starting to get pretty comfortable with it.

Q: Did the new coaching staff come to you or did you go to them about changing positions?

A: We had meetings after all the coaching staff got here. I originally went in to meet with (former defensive backs) Coach (Charlton) Warren. Coach Warren kind of broke the news, ‘Hey, if you want to move to linebacker, this is something that we are really interested in you doing.’

Q: What were your thoughts when that option was presented?

A: They kind of left it up to me. But they told me that there was going to be a lot of opportunity at linebacker. We have a lot of safeties, so in the long run I thought linebacker was eventually where I could get on the field, maybe early and make an impact.

Q: Do you have an idea what your role might be in the linebacker rotation this season?

A: There’s obviously a chance of starting (but) we have a lot of good linebackers. We may not have a lot of guys, but the guys we do have we work hard, we’re good athletes and everybody can play. I think there’s definitely a lot of competition there. They’ve talked to me a lot about passing situations — dime, nickel, that type of thing. We’ll just see how it goes.

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