All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Wednesday's episode, Adam Carriker interviews Nebraska walk-on Riley Kinney about being the grandson of Husker legend Jeff Kinney, his position at NU, and much more.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Adam Carriker: Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we check the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Today I'm joined by athlete, dual-threat quarterback Mr. Riley Kinney out of Loveland, Colo. He's going to be joining the Huskers this year as a walk-on. How are you doing, my friend?
Riley Kinney: I'm good. How are you?
Adam Carriker: I'm great. You had offers from schools such as Northern Colorado, Columbia and some of these other schools. What made you decide to walk on to an FBS school vs. taking a scholarship and possibly go somewhere else?
Riley Kinney: Well, Nebraska was my dream school all my life. I grew up going to games. I just always felt at home there. It's a lot similar to hear. I love the coaching staff, and I think we're going to do great things.
Adam Carriker: Talk to me about your grandpa. What are some of the stories that you've heard? What are some of the things that you've seen and experienced through your grandpa? He had a pretty good playing career at Nebraska himself.
Riley Kinney: He told me many stories about him playing, the different people he's played against. The most interesting one was the Game of the Century. It sounds like it would be such a cool experience to play in that game.
Adam Carriker: Jeff Kinney, he had a heck of a career, and the Game of the Century, if you've ever watched it, he definitely stands out in that game as well. Has he offered you any advice before you head off to Lincoln in the coming months?
Riley Kinney: No, he just told me to always follow my dreams and just pursue what I want to do. He believes in and supports every decision that I've made so far.
Adam Carriker: Very cool. You may not know until you get there, but do you know if you're going to be playing quarterback? I know there's some talk, you're an athlete, you're a dual-threat quarterback, do you know what position you'll be playing when you get to Nebraska?
Riley Kinney: They told me I would be playing the positions athlete/wide receiver. That's not 100 percent what that looks like yet, but I think I'll move around a little bit.
Adam Carriker: I spoke to Jeff Mock, he's your high school coach, in fact, I think he's been coaching you since elementary school, all the way back to your days with the Titans there locally in Loveland. I asked him if he had anything juicy on you. He didn't really give up anything juicy, but what he did say, the word he used was "late bloomer." In other words, you're still growing at this moment in time and when you get to college, you might keep growing as well. He said you've got a great frame, if you wanted to put on 10-20-30 pounds. Hearing a guy who's coached you for years and years and years give a brief synopsis of his opinion of you, I was curious, what are your thoughts on that?
Riley Kinney: I agree with him. I think I have the frame to add another 30-40 pounds. After high school, my dad gained a bunch of weight and grew a couple more inches, so I'm not done quite yet.
Adam Carriker: You went undefeated your senior year of high school, won the (Class) 4A state championship. What was that experience like for you?
Riley Kinney: It was a cool experience. Me and my teammates had been working for it since freshman year, and even some of them before that with Titans, we've been together for that long. It was just so cool to finally achieve that since it's been our goal every year.
Adam Carriker: I should mention Jeff Mock is also one of my neighbors. He's a good guy as well. You actually helped out at my football camp last summer, so thank you. I wanted to thank you again and what was one of your biggest takeaways from the camp itself last summer?
Riley Kinney: I think it's fun to get those kids out there and give them an opportunity to play sports. I know some of them, especially football, don't get involved in that stuff early. Just being able to get out there and teach them what to do and have a good time, was a really cool experience.
Adam Carriker: What's the thing that excites you? Obviously it's your dream school, you've gone to a lot of games since you were a kid. What's the thing that excites you the most about going to Nebraska, wearing the red one day, practicing, being coached by Scott Frost, what's the thing that excites you the most about that?
Riley Kinney: I think the atmosphere. Just how crazy the games are with over 90,000 people, everybody's excited, the whole town basically is up and ready to go and just have that support behind me along with my teammates and coaches.
Adam Carriker: That's kind of a cool situation because you led Loveland High to the 4A state championship, undefeated in the state of Colorado, Luke McCaffrey led Valor to the 5A state championship, you're both the starting quarterbacks, you may or may not go there and play quarterback or other positions, same thing with Luke. It's kind of cool that both the undefeated state champs of the 4A and 5A teams are going to Nebraska. I'm curious, have you met Luke? Have you had any sort of interactions with him? You guys are going to be future teammates pretty soon.
Riley Kinney: No, I've never actually met him, but I've just heard different things about him and I've seen him when we did media day at Mile High (Stadium) the week before the state game, but that's about it.
Adam Carriker: Your teammate from Loveland High, Zach Weinmaster, running back/wide receiver will be joining you at Nebraska as well. Is this kind of something that just happened? Was it planned a little bit? Can you tell us how that kind of evolved?
Riley Kinney: It's also been his dream school his whole life. Once he committed, he kind of kept pushing me to commit, but I just wanted to wait and see how everything played out. I'm glad. It's going to be really cool; we're going to room together, too.
Adam Carriker: You are going to room together. That's cool. Is there anything interesting that you think people would like to know about Zach? Maybe give them a little insight on him since he'll be coming there as well.
Riley Kinney: Zach was actually the one who got me to come to Loveland High School, or else I would still be at Res. After eighth grade year, he had his dad text my dad, and I had never met Zach, but he had his dad text my dad constantly, "We need a quarterback at Loveland, Riley should come." I kind of gave it some thought, and I'm very glad I did.
Adam Carriker: That's cool. Just so you know, for those of you who don't know, Res is RCS, Resurrection Christian School, there in Loveland, a private school that a lot of kids go to as well, in the same town as Loveland High School. Anything behind the scenes? You do play some other sports as well. Is there anything behind the scenes that most people may not know about you or something you think would be cool for people to know as you get ready to come to Nebraska, as Husker Nation wants to get to know you?
Riley Kinney: I'm always doing something. I'm always out trying to get better, whether it's playing a different sport or throwing the ball around or working out or just trying to improve myself in any way I can.
Adam Carriker: You told me before that you play lacrosse. How'd you get into lacrosse? Because that is a sport that is growing very fast and rapidly across the country.
Riley Kinney: I started out playing baseball and I just found it kind of boring. I wanted to get out there and hit someone, so I tried lacrosse the year after I started playing tackle football. I just fell in love with it. It's a lot similar to a football game with hitting people and being able to run. It's a lot like football.
Adam Carriker: I'm always curious what people say because people have different answers to this question: when you went to Nebraska, you took a visit, what stuck out the most to you during your visit while you were there in Lincoln?
Riley Kinney: I think the most important thing was when Scott Frost came in and talked to all of us. He talked about his team philosophy and how he developed players, which I think is good for people who are a late bloomer, like me. I need a few more years to develop and get bigger and stronger.
Adam Carriker: A lot of times those late bloomers are the guys that surprise and shock people. I'll tell you right now, coming out of high school there wasn't a lot of people that had high expectations for me. You never know what can happen as you bloom. I know it's kind of a weird thing to say, but as you continue to grow and develop and improve yourself athletically. All right man, I want to thank you for joining me. You've got my number. Feel free to hit me up with any questions you may have any time. Sound good?
Riley Kinney: Sounds good.
Adam Carriker: All right, I want to thank you for joining me. Until next time, Husker Nation, go Big Red, and always remember
Riley Kinney: to throw the bones!
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