Injuries are creating opportunities for playing time on the right side of Nebraska’s offensive line. Enter Matt Finnin, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound junior who definitely looks the part of a right tackle, where a chance for more playing time has opened because of an injury to Zach Sterup.
Q: You’re practicing at both right tackle and left tackle right now. Are you comfortable on both sides?
A: I hadn’t played right tackle since my senior year in high school until they moved me in the spring because they wanted me to learn both positions. So that was kind of an adjustment, maybe with a chance to be the swing guy.
Q: Are all of those extra reps helping you feeling better about things?
A: Oh yes, it’s just all muscle memory. My offensive line coach at Western Michigan, he had a saying that after 1,000 reps of something, you begin to master it, you know it. The more reps you take, the more comfortable you get.
Q: What are your goals going into the season?
A: Just to be a key contributor. Just come in and do whatever I can to help this team win. If I’m not in the top two guys, I’ll sit the bench. I just want to win a championship. I want to play, but I’ll do whatever’s best for the team.
Q: There seems to be a lot of competition across the board.
A: It’s great. Nobody’s got a spot locked up, so everybody keeps going every day. It’s like a stock report every day. You’re up, you’re down, and you have to have continuous good days because nobody has a spot locked up.
Q: What do you do to make the lows a little higher and keep that good mental balance?
A: Coming off the field it’s a different feeling you have than when you watch film. Everything’s always better than you think it is, and everything’s always worse than you think it is, so when you get up and watch film, that’s when you know what kind of day you had.
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