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Carriker Chronicles: My thoughts on Maurice Washington being removed from the Nebraska football team

Carriker Chronicles: My thoughts on Maurice Washington being removed from the Nebraska football team


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 Monday's episode, Adam Carriker gives his takeaways on running back Maurice Washington being removed from the Husker football team, and what that means for NU's rushing attack going forward.

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Here's a transcript of today's show:

Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we take the pulse of Husker nation, brought to you by the Nebraska Spine Hospital.

And it's official, winter, Christmas break is over, back to our regularly scheduled lives, ladies and gentlemen. It's not that bad.

All right, well, Husker fans didn't get the greatest news, and I guess Maurice Washington and the coaching staffs didn't get the greatest news over this past weekend, either. Scott Frost had a meeting with Maurice Washington, he will no longer be with the team, period, in any capacity, any way shape or form in the future. It's official. He's no longer a part of the Husker football program, now or could be at any point in the future. He's most likely going to enter the transfer portal.

Here are my quick thoughts on this. Now, obviously this isn't great news for Maurice, it isn't great news for Husker nation, for anybody involved really. But there's always a silver lining. And I tell my wife this all the time, and I think for the first few years of our marriage she looked at me like I was nuts, like a squirrel should take me away and eat me I was so frickin nuts. But I think she started to realize what I'm talking about. Because here's the deal.

When I say there's always a silver lining no matter how dark the cloud, it doesn't mean the silver lining is better than what could have originally happened. It just means that something good can come out of it, that otherwise would not have happened. Now sometimes it takes a long time for this to come to fruition. Sometimes it's not as good. Sometimes it's better. There's always a silver lining no matter what it is that's happening, whether it's good or bad.

Now, obviously, the things in this that aren't so phenomenally phenomenal are number one, for Maurice Washington, he's obviously not in the right place where he needs to be. We were told it's because he's not buying into the culture. That in itself tells you all you need to know without telling you very many specifics at all. Although if you go through some of the issues he's had in the past, you can put two and two together, it equals four. But here's the thing for him, he's obviously not in the right space where he needs to be, because Scott frost stood by him. When we didn't know if he was gonna be able to play as a freshman, Scott Frost stood by him, he stood by him every chance that he could.

Alright, so obviously Maurice Washington needs to be in a better and a different place than he is right now. And I'm not saying I know the guy. I'm not saying I've ever spoken to him, because I haven't. But this is based on the information that we have.

Now the other not so phenomenally phenomenal thing, you look at it from a football standpoint, you look at the fact that Dedrick Mills, a guy starting to play, he's gonna be something to deal with next year. I'm excited for him. Him and Maurice, lightning-thunder, could have been a great one two punch. You think about them at the running back position.

You think about Dedrick on the field, you put Maurice in the slot, you got Wan'Dale Robinson, I don't know what's going on with JD Spielman, but if he comes back, you figure out the quarterback position — whether it's Adrian, whether it's Luke, whoever it may be — you got a tight end position, I'm still waiting for Austin Allen, who's the height of an NBA basketball forward, to step up and start making some plays. He's got all the potential in the world. We still got a lot of excitement that could happen. Obviously we've got a long ways to go as a program.

But here are a couple of the good things that could come out of this. Alright, first and foremost, Maurice is going to get an opportunity, because if you allow him to come back and you allow him to keep doing what he's been doing, which obviously is not what Scott Frost and staff are looking for, he's never going to change, it's never going to get better. It's not going to help him as a human being, or young man or an individual in life. So he's going to get an opportunity to maybe reevaluate things to maybe look at things differently. Maybe the grass will be greener for him individually somewhere else. Who knows? He gets a chance, so to speak, without having all the information just based on what little information that we do have and we do know, to start over and maybe reevaluate and look at things differently. Sometimes that's all a person needs. Top-three Heisman vote getters — obviously this is a completely different situation — were all transfers last year, but obviously there's a little bit different, but you get my point.

The other thing is from a football aspect. Again, you look at it from the team's aspect. This sends a message, because Maurice is clearly one of the best players on the team, one of the most talented players possibly in the Big Ten potentially. But it sends a message that if you're not doing things the right way, if you're not buying in, if you're not working hard, if you're not doing the things we asked you to do, we don't care who you are. Nobody is above the culture. Nobody is above the price that needs to be paid.

So obviously, there's a couple of things that aren't so great. There's a couple of things that could come out positive out of this. Who knows exactly what the silver linings will be? Sometimes it takes a while to see it itself. I hope Maurice goes off and does great things, I truly do. And in another conference that's not the Big Ten. But I truly do wish him all the best.

All right, enjoy being back to our regularly scheduled lives. It ain't that bad. Go Big Red! And always remember to throw the bones!

Thanks again to the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Ladies and gentlemen, when it’s your spine, you do not want to mess around. Experience matters. That’s why you can trust the experts at Nebraska Spine Hospital, the region's only spine specific hospital. They are the best at what they do.

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Adam Carriker is a Husker Hall of Famer and NFL veteran. The former Blackshirt and Hastings native was NU's 2004 lifter of the year and in 2005 was NU's defensive MVP and a first-team All-Big 12 pick. He was a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

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