Simon Otte is a true freshman walk-on from York. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker saw his first action Saturday against Bethune-Cookman and recorded his first tackle. Otte was one of 11 in-state walk-ons listed on the Huskers' initial 110-man roster at the start of fall camp. ​

Q: What was it like to get into the game on Saturday?

A: It was a dream come true. I was a little bit surprised when they told me I was going in. It was probably one of the best experiences of my life. Finally all of my hard work paid off and to get out there in front of so many fans it was amazing.

Q: What do you contribute to getting to see the field as a true freshman walk-on?

A: I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities that have opened up for me. I try to be the hardest worker out there. I know I am not naturally as gifted as a lot of the guys here. I know I have to work that much harder so I just keep on working and it has been paying off lately which has been real nice.

Q: What advice do you have for a kid that maybe has a chance to go to another school versus walking on at Nebraska?

A: I would definitely tell them to take the walk-on opportunity, they wouldn't regret it. It has probably been the best decision of my life. Not only being a part of such a historic program, the coaches and players are great guys. We are going to get this thing turned around. The staff is going to put the best players on the field if you are willing to work day in and day out you can have a shot to get on the field.

Q: How much have you grown physically and mentally since you arrived on campus?

A: I have grown a lot. Physically I have put on close to 20 pounds. ... They definitely make sure I always have enough to eat. Mentally I have grown a lot as well. I got here early summer and boom you are on your own. I didn't know how to take care of myself. I've learned how to be responsible and get to meetings on time. Now I am doing my own laundry. It's been a big growing experience for me and made me step up with all of my responsibilities.

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