His playing time in the immediate future probably depends on the health of Taylor Martinez, but the Nebraska redshirt freshman is coming off three straight starts at quarterback. The Huskers have won all three of those games, and it has provided some invaluable experience for the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder from Cibolo, Texas.
Q: Did you study the Purdue film a little harder after having a little tougher time in that game?
A: Yeah, I did. It was a pretty tough game for me. We prepared for so much stuff, and then they came out and did a couple things that were the opposite. Me being young, it was just hard on me, but at the same time I've got to be able to capitalize off of things that I didn't see.
Q: What's the value of being around two fifth-year seniors as much as you are with Taylor Martinez and Ron Kellogg?
A: It helps a lot. They're able to just go in each day and help me out just because they've been in their playbook and they've been in the system with Coach Beck for so long. They know exactly what to expect and they know how to respond to each and every detail, just because they've been here, they've played against teams and they know exactly what to look for.
Q: When you get a chance to think about it, do you feel a little fortunate that you've gotten the playing time that you've gotten these last few games?
A: This is only going to help me. I've proven a lot to my coaches, and now they have the confidence in me to go out there and drive the team and move the chains. I've been blessed to have the opportunity, and Coach Beck even told me that he knew one day that I was going to be on the field and out there doing what I was doing.
Q: You learn something about yourself through this last month, too?
A: I've learned a lot. I think my teammates trust me, and I trust my teammates. At the same time, I've also learned that I have to stay level-headed and don't take a play off, and that I can't make mistakes. That's the biggest thing.
Q: What have you seen on tape of Minnesota and what impresses you with what they do defensively?
A: The thing that impresses me the most is how they stick to one thing on defense. They stick to their playbook and don't change it up. They let you know they are going to try and stop the run, and if you are going to beat them you will have to adjust to it. That impresses me, that they can stick to their defense and be able to win games. We are going to have to go out there and run our offense and put our players in the best position to win. Looking forward to that.