Ryne Reeves was the first player to commit to Nebraska’s 2011 recruiting class. The third-year sophomore from Crete injured an ankle in spring practice, but that has healed and he’s looking to earn playing time on a line filled with experienced players. Reeves played in four games last season and was one of 28 Huskers to earn academic All-Big Ten honors.
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Q: How is the ankle coming along?
A: It’s good. Right now I would say it’s pretty much 100 percent. I rehabbed all summer, and I got cleared about four weeks before fall camp started, but I was doing workouts all summer.
Q: Do you think about the injury? Is it in the back of your mind when you’re on the field?
A: The very first practice, we ran the same play that I broke it, so I was kind of thinking about it then. Since then, I don’t think about it. It held up fine.
Q: What position will you be playing? Guard, center, or has that been decided yet?
A: Right now I’ve been working everywhere on the inside. More the guards.
Q: Are you on one side or the other, or are they getting you ready to play either spot?
A: All last year I played right guard, so I’m trying to learn left right now. So primarily right now I’m just playing left.
Q: What’s the difference between those two sides?
A: There isn’t much difference, really; it’s a lot of the same things, just different sides. In high school, I always played with my right hand down; my stance was always that way. Switching that off, it just feels awkward for a while. You get used to it.
Q: After you committed, you had an offer from Stanford, and others like Miami, UCLA and Southern Cal showed interest. How seriously did you listen to them?
A: Not at all.
Q: Were you surprised you kept getting things after you’d made the commitment?
A: I was a little, I guess. I remember I was going down to the locker room before a basketball game and my coach just said ‘Hey, look what came for you today.’ I just said ‘Cool’ and kept on going. I didn’t talk to anybody about it.
Q: There are some veteran guys on the line. What are your hopes and goals for this year?
A: Just to see the field at all this year would be great. We have four seniors and (junior) Jake Cotton, all good guys, ahead of me, so if I can play with those guys this year, that would be great.
Q: What do you learn from the older guys? What do you take away from practice?
A: Little ins and outs of the game, little hints here and there, especially from Spencer (Long). He’s been helping me a lot ever since I got here.