The 5-foot-11, 225-pound I-back from Sachse, Texas, is playing as a true freshman, although he had just his second carry against Southern Miss. But Ozigbo is part of the Huskers’ kickoff return and punt return units, and said he has talked with NU assistant coach Bruce Read about getting more special teams work.
Q: Were you involved much with special teams in high school?
A: Honestly, in my whole football career, I was never really on many special teams. This is the first year I’ve been heavily involved.
Q: Do you like it?
A: It’s different, (but) it’s one of those things that I know it’s going to help me. So if I don’t like it or do like it, I got to get through it.
Q: Who helped convince you that it’s valuable or fun, or that you can be good at it?
A: Andy Janovich and then Harrison Jordan. Those fullbacks are special teams gurus. I back up for a few of Andy’s spots, so he’s a guy that I definitely have to watch. The Miami game was my best, but right now it’s definitely kind of a challenge to me. I just got to get more the hang of it.
Q: Did you expect to play as a true freshman? And are you glad now that you’re doing it?
A: I’m glad I’m doing it, for sure. Expected it? I was more hopeful. Like, hopefully I can be able to do the things that would give me the opportunity to play, so once I got it, I was definitely glad.
Q: What was it like for a Texas kid coming up here and getting acclimated?
A: It was pretty good, because especially the area where I lived, it kind of had some aspects like Nebraska has. You could go over five minutes and be in a huge city, but where I lived it kind of resembles this. The culture is a little bit of the same.
Q: Any particular roommate or fellow freshman who you’ve connected with or who has helped you get by?
A: I like all my roommates, but if I had to pick some roommates that every time I have a conversation with these two I can’t help but just laugh, it would have to be the Davis twins (Carlos and Khalil). They are the funniest people, I think, in the class. And I’m real cool with a lot of the walk-ons. Those are some of the coolest people I’ve met up here.
Q: You room with Stanley Morgan. Surprised at all by what the receiver is doing?
A: Nah, I knew Stanley was dog. Especially this summer, seeing him during seven-on-seven. ... He just goes up and gets the ball. That’s one thing where I was like, “Yep, he’s going to be good.”
Q: What do you miss most from home?
A: My mom’s food. And friends, definitely.