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On Friday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses the strengths of winter conditioning and Husker Power for Nebraska and much more.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to another Fast Friday edition of the Carriker Chronicles, where each and every Friday we keep it quick and easy, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
The Huskers are closing in on the end of winter conditioning. Everyone knows it's important. Everyone knows you're getting bigger, faster, stronger. Being in better condition is very, very important, but Adam, how big of a difference does it make? What's going on there in Lincoln right now? What truly happens during winter conditioning? What can we expect going forward?
Here's why it's so important, and people may or may not realize this, but of our five national championships that we have, I can make a very good argument that we probably wouldn't have four of them without Husker Power, which was gone away for a while but now being brought back by Zach Duval and the current strength and conditioning program. In 1970, Jerry Tagge may not quarterback sneak it and score that game-winning touchdown against LSU to give us that national title in 1970. In 1971, one of the greatest teams in all of college football history, but we may not beat Oklahoma in the Game of the Century without the edge that we had in the strength and conditioning program.
Look at 1994. Warren Sapp was out of gas, begging, "Please, Lord, give me oxygen," on a knee. Why? Husker Power. I love that picture where our offensive lineman, Zach Wiegert, is staring right at him as he's on a knee during a timeout trying to breathe. I would argue that Husker Power played a major role in that. In 1995, let's be honest, they were really, really good. In 1997, you think a catch made the difference? I would argue Husker Power made the difference. I played against Peyton Manning and I played with guys who played on that Tennessee Vols team, Leonard Little, an All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl-winning defensive end for the St. Louis Rams was the middle linebacker on that Tennessee team. I used to give him a hard time all the time. He used to look at me and go, "Man, it ain't no joke. That's the hardest hitting team we've ever played, that I've ever played in my life was the Huskers in that Orange Bowl my senior year at Tennessee." He said that included NFL teams. It was Husker Power that made the difference.
Here's what you've got to understand: last year, Nebraska, the Huskers, as a team lost 1.3 million calories of fat during winter conditioning. Who needs Slim Fast, right? They also put on nearly 450 pounds of muscle as a team. They are literally changing their bodies. Ladies and gentlemen, hard work beats talent when talent don't work. Here's what I'm here to tell you, obviously, you want talent. Scott Frost is bringing in the guys with the talent that fit his system. I'm curious to see what happens when talent does work. I personally love winter conditioning. You get up at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m., you're working out early, you go face the day. It was one of my favorite times of the year. Huskers are bent on destruction, baby. That's just what they do.
Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!
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