Pro Day Results:
Height: 6′ 3 3/4″
Weight: 247 lbs.
Arms: 33 1/8″
Wingspan: 81 1/2″
Bench: 16 reps
Broad Jump: 9′ 11″
Short Shuttle: 4.29
Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities, campus organizations or internships other than football?
I was a Marketing major at Nebraska. Yet, I also took a lot of Political Science courses on the side. After football, I may get into sales or real estate where I can set my own schedule.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
They would say my competitiveness. I come to work every day and treat practice like a game.
What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
One of the things that sets me apart is my versatility. I can be a great blocker and receiver. I’ve played in-line, in the slot as well as the H-back position. When I first came into Nebraska, we were in more of a pro-style offense, and since 2018 with a new staff, I’ve been asked to play more on the perimeter allowing me to become a better player in the slot and in space. I also add great value as a special teams player often being on punt and kick return units.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Chase Young. He’s a guy that everyone respects as a player, and he really stood out when I played him in 2019. He’s an absolute freak on the field, and you always had to bring your best against him.
Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
There are a few guys that stand out for me. Brenden Jaimes and Matt Farniok really stand out on the offensive line. Jaimes is a very athletic tackle, and Farniok is such a team player with great abilities that he’s played everywhere on the OL. Both of those guys are unbelievable at their craft.
DiCaprio Bootle really stands out on defense. He really impresses me as a leader with his ability to rally the team.
Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
In 2016, I came into Nebraska wearing a cast. I had injured my wrist in high school and actually played most of my senior year until I found out that it was broken. Coming into Nebraska, I looked like a guy that was stealing a scholarship from other players. While I redshirted that first year, I had to stand on the sideline, get healthy and wait my turn.
I was finally cleared to play October of 2016. I was coming in humbled by my experience, and I knew that I had to make the most of it. I started to get reps on the field the next year in 2017, spending the majority of my plays on special teams and also rotated in on offense.
By the 2018 season, I had earned the starting job. I have started over 30 games throughout my career. I definitely showed that I earned my scholarship. I also ended up being selected to several all-star events including the Tropical Bowl as well as the Virtual East West Shrine Bowl and NFLPA Bowl where I was able to show scouts that I’m ready for the next level.
If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I enjoy playing basketball in my spare time, and actually played for several years, three of which in high school.
What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud of being a college graduate. Education is very important to me. Wanting to better yourself is important.
As a football player, having the opportunity to play D1 football has been a huge blessing. Having cousins play college football motivated me to make it at that level and when I did, I never took it for granted.
Describe one of the most memorable moments of your collegiate career.
My most memorable game has to be our game at home against Michigan State in 2018. That was a snowy, hard-fought game. A 9-6 score doesn’t sound too exciting on paper but playing in the snow and relying on hard-nosed football is how football is supposed to be played. I just remember walking off that field knowing that we earned every bit of that victory.
Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
I’ve grown up a fan of football. My dad buying NFL RedZone was one of the best things ever. He’s from Wisconsin and has tried to turn me into a Green Bay fan. There are a lot of players that I admire at the tight-end position. Guys like Travis Kelce and George Kittle are unbelievable players and can learn a lot from their game. I also like watching Darren Waller and Jack Doyle because both of those guys are technically sound and dominate the field just like Kelce and Kittle.
Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
One of my favorite bands is Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What is your favorite comfort food?
I really enjoy Chick-fil-A and their chicken sandwiches.
Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
“Peaky Blinders” is a great show that I watch on Netflix. One of my favorite movies is “The Other Guys” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time, I love to play golf. I also like watching TV and reading. “Be Water, My Friend” is the book that I’m currently reading which is written by Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee.
Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play football because it’s the most competitive game out there. It’s the only sport where all eleven guys have to be on the same page for things to work. It’s the ultimate team sport where you have to rely on others. It builds great camaraderie. I also really love football, and my goal is to keep cleats on my feet for as long as I can.